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

        Artist: Jason Tingler, 26, Monterey, Tenn.

        Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati.

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        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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