Sunday, July 16, 2000

Pig Parade: Pig Dreams

Upside-down pig an artist's dream

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 78th 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: Brian Joiner, 38, Hartwell.

        Sponsor: Acme Construction Co.

[photo] | ZOOM |
        This pig's pen: Lytle Park.

        You were inspired by: The paintings of Rene Magritte with my little twist, pigs with wings and trench coats and derby hats going to heaven because of the duty they served providing us with food all these years.

        What's the pig idea? Whenever I see something negative I try to turn it around into something positive, something with hope in it. I started this pig when there was a dispute between the African-American community and the police. As an African-American, I wanted to respond by doing something that was hopeful and idealistic.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: People look at the upside-down pig and think it's dead. I tell them it's sleeping and having wonderful dreams of Cincinnati filled with pigs and people where the sky's the limit of what you can do.

        Completing the project took: Three weeks.

        What's the matter? The pig is painted in acrylic. The base is siding and two by fours.

        Pig peeve: The pig was first installed in Covington, at 12th Street. It was the farthest pig away from anything. You couldn't walk that far. The sponsor had a cow, so they moved it to Lytle Park.

        Best pig tale: The morning I was to deliver the pig was the morning a pig was reported stolen. As I put the pig in my truck this black car screeched to a halt in front of my house. There were two women dressed in black, wearing sunglasses and carrying radios. They said they had reports that I had stolen the pig. I asked them if this looked like the stolen pig. They said no and drove on.

        My favorite pork dish: I really don't eat pork.

        The materials cost: $400.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Pierce Brosnanas he was in The Thomas Crown Affair.

Artist takes pork in the road
Pig Gig fans can bid on little replicas
- Pig Parade: Pig Dreams

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