Cincinnati was transformed to Cin-sow-nati in the summer of 2000. ArtWorks’ Big Pig Gig, a public art initiative, brought local artists, businesses, community and arts organizations, schools and individuals together in an unprecedented way to have fun and celebrate Cincinnati’s porkopolis past.

More than 400 decorated life size fiberglass pigs were placed in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington and Newport, Kentucky. Fifty schools participated by creating gig pigs. Artists submitted over 1,000 proposed pig designs for the official “Porkfolio.”

The Big Pig Gig: “Celebrating Pigs in the City” is the official keepsake publication of the Big Pig Gig. In it, you will find pictures of the pigs. You will learn how the Big Pig Gig came to be such a success in Cincinnati. You will learn “Why Pigs?” With text by noted Cincinnati columnist Laura Pulfer and local writer, historian and editor Rick Pender, this book is your souvenir of the fun that took over Cincinnati with the Big Pig Gig.

Most importantly, the Big Pig Gig was about Cincinnatians having fun with their shared porkopolis history—and judging by the limitless smiles of residents and tourists as they viewed the pigs, the Big Pig Gig was an overwhelming success.

Purchase your copy at the ArtWorks Shop at 2460 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

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