Thursday, June 22, 2000

Pig Parade: Monte(sow)ri Pig in a (Peace) Blanket

Children's pig blanketed in peace

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Students at the New School decorated this pig peace symbol by peace symbol.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        This is 54th 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

        Artists: Students (pre K to sixth grade) at the New School. Robin Hartmann, Barbara Gray, designers.

        Sponsor: The New School.

        This pig's pen: The Peace Bell, Newport.

        You were inspired by: Lynn Borgman (who died Feb. 3, 1999). She was the quilter who designed a quilt from children's drawings. “We call it the Peace Quilt, and our pig is dedicted to her,” Ms. Hartmann says.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: “It would be nice if we could cover the world in a quilt of peace.”

        Completing the project took: Four weeks.

        Swine over matter: Acrylics.

        Your high on the hog was: “Watching the kids' excitement at their work progressing, and what a great job they did!”

        Pig peeve: “Turning a three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional drawing and back into 3-D on the pig.”

        Best pig tale: “We had a sign, "Oink to Enter' the pig room, and the kids took great delight in performing their best oinks each time.”

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? “The children's drawings.”

        The materials cost: $400.


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