Wednesday, August 02, 2000

Pig Parade: Jimmy Boar-fett

Pig parades tropical outfit of Parrotheads

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 95th in a series spotlighting pigs from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Find past pig profiles and event details at

        While faithful Parrotheads await the annual Jimmy Buffett fete at Riverbend this month, they can sing “Margaritaville” in Eden Park with Jimmy's porcine look-alike, Jimmy Boar-fett.

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        Artist: Mariemont High School Art Club juniors and seniors. Susie Mahan, art teacher.

        Sponsor: Joyce Monger for Mariemont High School. Ms. Monger won the pig in the contest to name the pig project, the Big Pig Gig. She donated her pig to the art club.

        This pig's pen: Eden Park overlook.

        You were inspired by: The summer fun of Jimmy Buffett concerts at Riverbend.

        What's the pig idea? The “tropical paradise” look of a Jimmy Buffett concertgoer: parrots on both sides of his shirt, a sunrise, palm trees, surfer shorts.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: Happy music and summer.

        What's the matter?: Crayola exterior latex. It comes in all colors of the rainbow.

        Your high on the hog was: The pig unveiling on our school's Night of the Arts.

        Pig peeve: The standing pig is a bit tippy on his platform.

        Best pig tale: The belt around his waist has the lyrics, “He came down from Cincinnati . . . and he's the only pig in town . . .” It's from “Fins,” a song about a girl who goes to Florida from Cincinnati.

        The materials cost: $500.


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