Sunday, September 03, 2000

Pig Parade: Slide of Ham

And this one belongs to the Reds

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 127th 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

        Red tape and working with sponsors is the pig peeve of some artists, but for Bev Kirk of Sharonville, it was her high on the hog. “All the people with Mr. Lindner's office and the Reds organization are terrific,” she says. Ms. Kirk also created “Sow's It Goin' . . . Cincinnati!” in the lobby of 312 Walnut St., concept by Michael Beeghly.

        Sponsor: Carl H. Lindner for the Cincinnati Reds.

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        This pig's pen: Fountain Square.

        You were inspired by: The original concept was “Flying Pig Rose,” done by Mr. Beeghly, a graphic designer for FRCH. The obvious inspiration was Pete Rose. “I keep wondering what Pete would say if he came downtown and saw this,” Mr. Beeghly says.

        Mr. Beeghly's original artwork was ball caps and T-shirts for the Big Pig Gig (available from the cart on Fountain Square and other Big Pig Gig merchandise locations). He was too busy creating “Elvis Pigsley” (in the Cincinnatian Hotel) to take on the project. ArtWorks suggested Ms. Kirk. “She did a great job,” Mr. Beeghly says.

        What's the pig idea? “The Reds wanted to update the design and put him in the current uniform,” Ms. Kirk says. “We named him Pigg and gave him the number 00 for 2000. The Reds logo is on his sleeve. I changed it, and made Mr. Red a pig.”

        Completing the project took: Eight weeks.

        What's the matter? Sign painters' enamel.

        Pig peeve: More than two football field lengths of pinstripe tape were used to mask and paint the stripes on the uniform.

        Best pig tale: There was a family from out of town who watched while we installed the pig. The two children asked for my autograph, so I signed their Delta Air Lines tickets “Art is fun! Reds rule!”

        “And I tell everybody to look for the secret I painted in the pig's ear.”

        My favorite pork dish: Grilled Kahn's Big Red Smokeys with mustard.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Civic pride.

        What do you call this pig: Arthur “The Baconator” Pigg . . . player #00 for 2000!

        The materials cost: $950 plus.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? Actually . . . swine art.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? John Goodman.


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