Sunday, June 18, 2000

Pig Parade: Cinsownnati 1800-Cinsownnati 2000

Two-sided swine displays old, new Cincinnati

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 50th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles at

        Artist: Mark Eberhard, 51, Terrace Park. Mr. Eberhard is a “graphic designer by day, wildlife artist at night.”

        Sponsor: Firstar Bank.

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        This pig's pen: South side of Fifth Street, near Walnut.

        You were inspired by: It was a collaborative effort between me and the bank. I was going to paint the night skyline of present day Cincinnati on both sides of the pig, but since the bank has a long history here going back to the 1800s, I decided to put old Cincinnati on one side and new Cincinnati on the other.

        I thought of putting neon lights on it, but there are too many regulations for neon. Then I thought I'd use twinkle lights, but I wound up using fiber optics. They're green and they twinkle.

        Completing the project took: 400 hours.

        Swine over matter: I used artists' acrylics for the new view and plain old black house paint for the 1800 view.

        Your high on the hog was: There was no high on this hog.

        Pig peeve: Time consuming. It took 12 hours just to sand it.

        Best pig tale: There are 150 plastic tubes in it for the fiber optics. I had to drill all the stars and put the tubes in through the holes. Then I had to attach them through a hole in the bottom. I used a dowell stick and a popsicle stick dipped in glue to reach up inside and glue each one in place.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Everything I learned in design school at the University of Cincinnati and at Yale.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? Pure porkography.


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