Monday, July 24, 2000

Pig Parade: Hamingway


Book lovers ask for whom the pig tolls

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 86th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles and event details at Cincinnati.com/bigpiggig.

        “It was the best of swine. It was the worst of swine.” That's the way Charles Piggins' epic novel A Tale of Two Piggies begins.

        At least that's they way it reads on Joseph-Beth Booksellers' pig, Hamingway. The bookstore staff gathered for a brainstorming session to get a pig idea, and, it turns out, there are endless pig puns in the literary world. Ernest Hemingway was an obvious choice for the pig personality. It was up to John Kaeser, 25, Mount Healthy, Joseph-Beth Booksellers' director of production and design, to turn the idea into reality.

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        Sponsor: Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

        This pig's pen: Sawyer Point.

        You were inspired by: Obviously, we wanted to do something related to books, so we kicked around the idea and Hamingway was an obvious choice.

        What's the pig idea? The pig is made to look like Ernest Hemingway and he's reading A Tale of Two Piggies, by Charles Piggins. The other books in the stack have titles like The Swine Also Rises, and A Pig on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Ham.

        There is a fence around the pig that doesn't have anything to do with the theme, but we thought it would discourage people from climbing on it.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: About reading books.

        Completing the project took: 11/2 months. What's the matter?: Foam, Bondo, fiberglass, one-shot paint.

        Your high on the hog was: I enjoyed building the books. You don't get much opportunity to build a foot and a half diameter book from scratch.

        My favorite pork dish: One of our stores is in Memphis and there is a restaurant there called Rendezvous that has dry-rubbed ribs, the best ribs in the world.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? Maybe James Earl Jones.

       



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