Tacky Fiberglass Showdown

CD at sf.metblogs (how’s that for inter-metblogging) has a post up about San Fransisco’s big sidewalk hearts and various other urban art fads, in which she completely fails to mention Seattle’s legendary Pigs on Parade of 2001, during which some 200 unique fiberglass pigs squatted all over our fine sidewalks. Of course, it may have been less an oversight (because honestly, who could forget?) and more an attempt to avoid re-opening old wounds, for Pigs on Parade was not without controversy.

Indeed, the local real artists couldn’t warn us strongly enough away from the pork armageddon.

The Animals On Parade phenomenon represents an insidious trend in corporate advertising. It appeals to the lowest public tastes by providing a kitschy, totally predigested and inoffensive McArt for the masses, while giving business interests a way to stamp their brand on a massive civic endeavor, putting a smiley face to their stranglehold on the downtown heart of a city.

And who could blame them when the proceeds would be used for such nefarious purposes as this?

The Pigs On Parade Gala Auction auction raised roughly $380,000 for the low-income individuals and seniors who benefit from the services of the Pike Place Market Foundation. Pigs continued to accept bids on Ebay through October 15th. The grand total is expected to be just over $500,000. The proceeds will be seed money for an endowment for the Foundation.

For shame, Seattle. For shame.

My favorite was Porca Sighting.

2 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on July 7th, 2004 @ 7:52 am

    Thanks for checking up on the fellow cities! Forgive my gross pignorance at not including Seattles sidewalk stars. No bacon for me!


  2. Jerry (unregistered) on July 7th, 2004 @ 11:39 am

    Y’know, for all the Stuckists’ blathering about “corporate art,” I didn’t notice any logos on the actual pigs. (The piece the Stranger ran was just dreadful too.)



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