Sunday, September 10, 2000

Pig Parade: O'Pen ... The Pig Idea

Partner pigs poppin' out at Piatt Park

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This is 134th 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

        Artists: The LPK Community.

[photo] | ZOOM |
        Sponsor: LPK.

        This pig's pen: Piatt Park.

        You were inspired by: “The concept came from a very multicreative group of writers, graphic and product designers as well as people from other departments,” says Howard McIlvain, vice president and creative director, of LPK, a brand identity firm.

        “The pigs stand as a metaphor of what we do. . . . Our work is a combination of art and industry. We combine artistic creation with the realities of the marketplace.”

        What's the pig idea? Two pigs, one bright orange and covered with abstract designs, the other blue and covered with text in various alphabets, are springing out of a box, suggesting the idea of thinking “out of the box.”

        Completing the project took: Hundreds of hours of people working after hours.

        What's the matter?: “The box is -inch plate steel. Tom Scott and his band of merry men at Scott Models took our design concept and created the stainless steel box and devised ways to make it structurally sound and safe.”

        Your high on the hog was: “Seeing it put in place. It raises both interest and pride in a job well done, and done after hours, and being part of a terrific civic event.”

        Pig peeve: “We got a batch bad of pork; two fiberglass pigs that weren't cast right and the skin kept blistering. We spent a good two weeks just trying to correct the deficiencies.”

        Best pig tale: “There are about 200 people at LPK and our offices are right at Piatt Park. On any lunch hour there are probably 50 of us sitting out in the park watching people watching the pigs. People take time to really study it and to read the inscription. You have to walk all the way around the pigs to read it and we like to watch people walking around the pigs.”

        The materials cost: “About $6,000 or $7,000 in addition to the $5,600 we paid for the two pigs.”

        Do you consider this art or porkography? “It makes you laugh. It makes you think. That's what art is all about,” Mr. McIlvain says.


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