They're fucking pigs. More artists please.
"My ambition is to cover a city with painted pigs."
Ooooookk. You do that.
Classic example of a false dichotomy.
Zoo II: They're fucking pigs.
On Pike St near the Public Market there is a pig in front of Chocolate Box. The pig is painted pretty much like a normal pig only it has a blue Marde Gras mask and the lower half of it's body is splatter with brown.
I pointed it out to my co-workers as "IT'S A SCAT PIG!"
Scat attack! Quick! Poo in your hand and throw that shit!
painted pigs is midwestern-quality public art. what you'd see in indianapolis & cincinnati. in fact, cincinnati did painted pigs 10 years ago.
who's sponsoring this shit?
You mean like the planets that a certain artist just hung up in the permanent outdoor art installation just across from the Statue of Lenin in Fremont?
That kind of art?
Too bad you don't have pics of it.
@6 who's sponsoring this shit?
do you mean Pigs on Parade, or the actual shit on the scat pig?
Chicago did cows. Big freakin' deal. It's trash art, but trash art is still art, right? What artists do? Artists do exactly THIS a lot of the time. No, I don't like the fucking pigs, but not because they're "not real art".
Why pigs? Is there something about Seattle and pigs?
Precisely put, @9. So WHAT if the snooty art crowd dislikes the stupid pigs, Graves. Who are you to judge?
Oh I forgot, you wear ironic horn-rims. Never mind.
So, I remember reading about this, probably in The Stranger, that there were a bunch of really edgy pigs that got rejected for being edgy. The one that sticks in my head was a pig encased in plexiglass that was set to explode at a random time. So, why doesn't The Stranger take some of those ideas, fund them, and call it "March of the Pigs" or something?
you also dont become a great art city by copying chicago; a great art city.
I was in Chicago for the Cow Parade, and I loved it! And last summer I was in Budapest and they were having a Cow Parade there too and I love those too!
It's just fun to see what artists did with their different cows, and it's fun that they're scattered around the city.
It's like ... amateur Shakespeare in the Park for me. It's not the Stratford Shakespeare fest, but it's fun, and it's a reminder that it's summer in the city.
"So, I remember reading about this, probably in The Stranger, that there were a bunch of really edgy pigs that got rejected for being edgy. The one that sticks in my head was a pig encased in plexiglass that was set to explode at a random time. So, why doesn't The Stranger take some of those ideas, fund them, and call it "March of the Pigs" or something?"
Because if it's an actual march or parade the police will attack it, beat and pepperspray everyone and then destroy the art.
World Class City!
Is it just me, or is the pig in the tux in front of the ritzy shops at 4th and Pike ironic? Intended or not?
Pigs as art defenders: this shit is cheap, trite and warmed over, give it up!
Check out the thread in the strangers I anonymous forum. A guy is actually upset that someone defaced one of these wonderful abortions (pigs).
I can't wait till some punk blow one up with a pipe bomb or sets in on fire, and puts the video on youtube.
I hate those fucking things. They aint original and they are ugly as Jean Emersons face on HD.
I like the pigs. They aren't high art but they brighten up the spring.
Is there someone suggesting they are cutting edge art?
Also, is there any cultural venture in Seattle that does more than limp along with borderline pathetic provincial pretension? Including the Stranger? Face it. That's who we are. Why not enjoy it rather than cat fight about it?
I still can't get over artistic pretension coming from a paper whose number two critical issue in current events is public flossing!
unfortunately, emily wrote that in her farewell to seattle. though i agree with her, taking a stand when you are already gone softens the edges of a sharp argument.
IMO, Pigs are entirely appropriate for Seattle.
Piggish behavior and piggish attitudes are what made this city what is, and what it will continue to be over the foreseeable future.
Zero lotline insta-slums, poor schools, poor public transportation, a downtown for the super-rich, or at least those with unlimited access to piggy credit, and a me first, where's mine, up yours attitude in every public discourse and every excursion in traffic just screams PIG!
I say give the pigs a break.
Vancouver had bears, and I rather liked them. They're not cutting edge - they're kind of along the lines of the decorated manhole covers or the corner walkway art that says what street you're on in some neighborhoods. They're more visually interesting than, say, a lamp post.
I'm all for a bit more color laying around - it counteracts all those gray days we get around here. No one's ever claimed that they were high art or that they enhanced Vancouver's reputation as a city that supports artists. They also don't siphon money from any real arts programs. They're simply decorative.
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