Remember Pigs On Parade?

“Prosciutto & Melon” on a sidewalk in Belltown, summer of 2007

You might recall the concept, back in the summer of 2007: local artists created fiberglass sculptures based on Seattle’s Ur-Piggy Rachel, which were sold to raise money for the Pike Place Market Foundation. One such sculptor was Colin Reedy, an Oregon furniture designer also known for a couple of ride-em “Pork Choppers.” This particular creation, titled “Prosciutto and Melon Pig,” should have been positioned at a deli counter like DeLaurenti, not on the sidewalk in Belltown next to, gulp, the pork-free Tandoori Hut.

Where will it lead, all this “On Parade” stuff? Cows in Chicago, Cows in Zurich, “Sound of Moosic” cows in Salzburg, Vach’Art in Paris, nutcrackers and ponies in downtown Seattle, more piggies in Cincinnati, ducks in Eugene, salmon in Salem, hearts in San Francisco, donkeys and elephants in Washington, DC, bulls in Torino, Italy, lions in Lyon, lions in Venice. Whales on Parade to raise money for ocean research? Rats on Parade for urban sanitation?

What brings this on is the outrage in Rome this week over a new porcine sculpture, Porchetta, which drew the ire of animal rights activists and was vandalized within hours of its installation. The municipal authorities removed the offending artwork forthwith, but the story is far from over.

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