Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Pig Parade: Hog Wired

If any pig could fly, this guy would qualify

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        This is 150th 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 — and vote for your favorite pig — at www.cincinnati.com/bigpiggig

        Lots of the pigs have wings, but this is the one people thought could really fly.

        Artist: Tom Sgouris, 35, Green Township, creative director at Richards Group. The graphic design company also did Typigraphy and Chef Piggere.

        Sponsor: BICC General

        This pig's pen: Formerly at Sawyer Point, it has moved to the Carnegie in Covington as part of the Sowlon Show.

        You were inspired by: Robocop. The Million Dollar Man.

        What's the pig idea? The sponsor is a wire and cable manufacturer.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: We were thinking we needed a robo type pig. His wings are plugs. Everybody who looked at him wanted to see how he moved, so he was pretty damaged.

        Completing the project took: 260 hours.

        What's the matter?: We cut into the back and cut off all his limbs and filled his back with wires and replaced his limbs with oversize plugs, wires and cables. The wires are those colorful insulators that are used as swimming pool noodles. The wings are held on with steel rods plugged into the pig's shoulder, to make them look like they would move with a kind of chugging motion.

        Your high on the hog was: When we finally put the last coat of clear coat on him and he turned into this sleek machine.

        Pig peeve: His tail was broken. His right arm was broken off. The wings were bent. I wanted an interactive pig but not that interactive.

        Best pig tale: When were were trying to load him on the truck all the neighborhood kids crowded around and asked “Can he fly? Can he fly?”

        My favorite pork dish: Miss Piggy.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? The Industrial Revolution.

        What do you call this pig: Robopig.

        The materials cost: $1,200.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? I'd say it's porkography because it's obscene how much fun we had doing it.

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


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