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Every member of Seattle's hoard of hogs was lovingly (and sometimes outrageously) adorned by a local Northwest artist or community group (sometimes both) using an assortment of media. Some pigs are painted. Others are covered with glass, beads, tiles, or photographs. Some were cut apart and turned into sofas, pianos, or karaoke machines. Still others metamorphosed into other mammals — orca whales, elephants and chopper riders to name a few.

Which pigs were the favorites?

Voting ended July 31st. Thanks for your votes! The 12 pigs with the most votes were announced on Friday, August 17th and will be featured in the Pigs On Parade 2002 calendar, available this Fall.

Congratulations to the following pigs, their artists and their sponsors:

Seattle at a Glance
Madame Fleur de Piglette
Paisley Pig
Ball Hog
Pigasus (sponsor: UPS)
Ballpark Frank
Totem Pig
Swine Art Gallery
Disco Pig
Porca Sighting
Pork Choppers

How Were Rachel's Piglets Made?

The original Rachel resides under the Market's famous clock and weighs in at 550 pounds. She was created by Georgia Gerber, a sculptor living on Whidbey Island, Washington. Rachel was named after a real 750-pound pig, the 1985 winner of the Island County Fair, who posed as Georgia's model. The Market Foundation asked Georgia to be involved again for Pigs on Parade, this time by creating Rachel's offspring.

Rachel's litter comes in two poses — sitting and standing. The standing pigs are 3 feet five inches tall, 5 feet 5 inches long, and 2 feet wide. Sitting pigs are 4 feet 6 inches tall.

The pigs were made by this process:

  1. Georgia created a clay model
  2. She created a mold around the clay model
  3. A bronze sculpture was cast from the mold using the lost wax method
  4. The bronze sculpture was shipped to Custom Fiberglass in Spokane, Washington, (509) 483-2174, where another model was made and one offspring was cast each week and shipped back to Seattle.
  5. Artists picked up "naked" pigs, took them to their studios, and created the works of art that appeared on the streets throughout the summer of 2001.

How Great Designs Became Pigs on Parade

Nearly 200 original designs like these were submitted by local artists: