Sunday, July 23, 2000

Pig Parade: Celestial Swine

This swine has its head in the clouds

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 85th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles at

        Artist: Janet Dickert Schlemmer, 51, Symmes Township.

        Sponsor: Executive Benefit Inc. for the Guardian Insurance Co. of New York.

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        This pig's pen: Parking lot, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave., Covington.

        You were inspired by: Clouds. When I was a kid, my mother used to tell us to go outside and lie down in the grass and look up at the clouds and see what things we could see in them. It was a cheap and easy way to keep us busy.

        What's the pig idea? It's a guardian angel. It's covered with blue sky and white clouds and it has a silver halo and wings.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: About angels, and the sponsor's company. Actually, I just hope people look at it. It is in a great location, next to the cathedral, but it is the farthest pig from the rest. You can't get to it on a walking tour of pigs.

        Completing the project took: Six weeks, mostly due to delays because of bad weather. I had to work outside.

        What's the matter?: Exterior latex, and the people at the Glass Hand Studio installed the halo.

        Your high on the hog was: My neighbors stopping by and honking their horns when they drove by and saw me working on the pig.

        Pig peeve: Sanding and the weather.

        Best pig tale: I was working on the pig at the cathedral and a man came by and asked me if I would take his picture with the pig. He didn't know I was the artist. He just loved the pig.

        My favorite pork dish: Avril's fresh metts.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? All of them. I love going to museums. Especially the Louvre in Paris. I could move in there.

        What do you call this pig: My baby.

        The materials cost: $200.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? If it touches your soul, it's got to be art.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Paul Newman, because I saw him once and I noticed that his eyes are very blue.


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