Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Pig Parade: Sowprano


Maypole pigs do some swine dancing

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Sowprano praces around a maypole in the atrium of the Westin Hotel.
(Luis Sanchez photo)
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        This is 52nd in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles and event details at Cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

        Artist: Cooki Thier, 55, Anderson Township.

        This is one of five singing pigs dancing around a May pole, for the May Festival. The other pigs are Boaritone, Chorusow, Altoink and Tenorloin.

        Sponsors: Cynthia and Rick Muhlhauser, Len and Sherie Marek, Alex Young, David and Ginger Warner and Margie and Larry Kyte for the May Festival.

        This pig's pen: Westin Hotel atrium.

        You were inspired by: Another artist was selected to do the May Festival pigs, but she had so many designs accepted that she had to back out on these. I had wanted to do a pig, but I was too busy at the time to submit any designs. Another artist recommended me, so I took over the project and created my own designs. I like the Sowprano best because of the colors and the way the flowers flow down the back.

        Completing the project took: Five pigs in four weeks. They had to be done in time for May Festival.

        Swine over matter: Sign painters' acrylics.

        Your high on the hog was: It is going downtown to visit my pigs. I straighten out the ribbons and talk to people who come by.

        Pig peeve: Letting the pigs go. They got to be part of the family.

        Best pig tale: We had the pigs out in the yard and the neighborhood children saw them. My son told them we were going to build a carousel in our yard. A little girl came by and asked me when the carousel was going to open.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? The hand lettering and scroll work that was done by monks on Medieval manuscripts. I think I must have been a monk in a past life.

        The materials cost: $1,200 for five pigs.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? Art is in the eye of the beholder.

        If your pig starred in a movie (or an opera), who would you cast to play the role? The Dionne quintuplets.

       



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