Thursday, September 28, 2000

Pig Parade: O Sowlo Meeeeeo

Half a pig better than going whole-hog

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer


        This is 152nd 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

        A moonlight ride on a gondola in Venice. That's amore.

        Artist: Steven Geddes, 52, Mount Washington, a wood sculptor and toy designer. He also created Hammibal Crossing the Rhine, Leonardo's Whirly Pig and Swine Stein.

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        Sponsor: Convergys

        This pig's pen: Fed Ex window, 14 E. Fourth St.

        You were inspired by: I was told the president of Convergys is fond of Italy. I was sitting there looking at the pig and saw the curve of the back. I flipped it upside down and it suggested a gondola. The reverse curve of the snout has the same curve as the nose piece of a gondola.

        What's the pig idea? I had an article on gondolas and I found they are asymmetrical. They're flatter on one side so when the gondolier paddles on one side they'll go straight. The pig body was flatter on the correct side, so I guess it was meant to be. I picked the pig up one day and the next day I cut him in half.

        Completing the project took: About 80 to 100 hours.

        What's the matter? The figures are carved urethane foam blocks and laminated polyester resin over them with fiberglass reinforcement. There is sheet metal on some parts.

        Your high on the hog was: Cutting that hog in half.

        Pig peeve: I really hate working with polyester resin. I did some really bad fiberglass sculpture in college and never recovered.

        Best pig tale: My wife turned the other half of the pig into a planter. I hope they don't want it back.

        My favorite pork dish: Italian pork sausage.

        The materials cost: $250.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? High-on-the-hog art.

        If your pig starred in a movie, who would you cast to play the role? I would like to see Nicholas Cage as the gondolier.


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