Sunday, June 04, 2000

Big Pig Parade: Piggysaurus

Dinopig has prehistoric flair

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is the 35th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Past pig profiles and event details can be found at

        Artist: Patricia Renick, 68, Brighton, who is doing three pigs.

        Sponsor: Thomas L. Conlan Educational Foundation.

        This pig's pen: Old McAlpin's department store window, Fourth Street, downtown.

        You were inspired by: Years ago I did a full size fiberglass stegosaurus with the body of a Volkswagen, called Stegowagenvolksaurus. This one is the baby sister.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: Joy. I hope it appeals to the child in all of us.

        Completing the project took: Five weeks.

        Swine over matter: Polyester resin, polyurethane foam, Bondo, fiberglass cloth, sign painters' acrylic paints.

        Your high on the hog was: Just getting back to working with fiberglass. I did a lot of fiberglass sculpture years ago and I adore working with the material.

        Pig peeve: Waiting for the weather to change so the fiberglass would cure.

        Best pig tale: My cat, Timmy Tom, would curl up on the base and sleep among the flowers. He and Piggy became very good friends.

        My favorite pork dish: I don't eat little piggies.

        What do you call this pig: Piggy.

        The materials cost: About $700.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? I like porkography.

        If your pig starred in a movie (or an opera), who would you cast to play the role? Rosie O'Donnell.


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