Friday, June 23, 2000

Pig Parade: Roger Bacon, Franciscan Friar

Bacon students spread friar's message

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Roger Bacon students dressed their pig in a friar's frock.
(Luis Sanchez photo)
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        This is 55th 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 at Roger Bacon High School, Maureen Stephan, teacher.

        Sponsor: Roger Bacon High School with funding organized by Bill Rice.

        This pig's pen: Piatt Park.

        You were inspired by: Roger Bacon, a 13th century Franciscan friar who was a great scholar and holy man. He formed a society of young people and a school for the poor.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: To celebrate the message of St. Francis; simplicity, love for the Gospel, love for people.

        Completing the project took: Energy, perseverance, humor and three months.

        Swine over matter: Plaster, Bondo, shellac and acrylic paint.

        Your high on the hog was: Some seventh bell students have just admitted to taking an illegal joy ride on the pig.

        Pig peeve: The pig's pen took up almost one third of our art room. The pig had more space than the students.

        Best pig tale: One of the materials we tried to use was plastic foam that was supposed to harden with time. Instead it slid off the pig's belly and onto the ground. Although it didn't stick to the pig, it did stick to students' hands.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Dada.

        What do you call this pig: Roger.

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