Sunday, July 02, 2000
Pig Parade: MerSOWdes
This piggie rode a long way home
By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer
This is 64th 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 cincinnati.com.
Artist: Jason Tingler, 26, Monterey, Tenn.
Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati.
This pig's pen: Fifth Street, outside the Westin Hotel.
You were inspired by: Actually it's not my idea. Mercedes-Benz picked me from the design I submitted to the Big Pig Gig, but they told me what they wanted to do.
You want people to look at this pig and think: My submission was two hot rod pigs pulling a chariot with a greaser pig in it. But I'm satisfied that the finished pig does reflect the way I work, except that I would loved to have painted flames on the sides.
Completing the project took: Seven weeks.
What's the matter?: Fiberglass and actual Mercedes automobile parts. The pig was painted in the Mercedes dealer's body shop.
Your high on the hog was: Driving the finished pig in the back of my pick-up truck from Tennessee to Cincinnati. I had cattle racks on the truck, and I painted Hot Rod Pig Farm on them. Every time I stopped I drew a crowd.
Pig peeve: Bondo. Resin. Rain.
Best pig tale: I had just graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a master's degree in sculpture, but before I got the pig, my wife got transferred from Cincinnati to Tennessee, so I had to commute to do the pig.
My favorite pork dish: Pork sausage.
What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Industrial design.
The materials cost: Mercedes supplied all the parts and did the finish paint job in their shop. My costs came to $307, and they reimbursed me for that.
Do you consider this art or porkography? It's the kind of design project you do for a client.
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