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Giant Pigs

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Giant Pig
Shakespeare, ON
This Pig is installed in front of the Best Little Pork Shoppe. For more, see this website. [map]

Flying Pig
Topanga Canyon, CA
Flying Pig
Simi Valley, CA
This Flying Pig in Topanga Canyon is mounted on a pole in someone's yard. Since this photo was taken in 2008, the concrete pig was painted black for awhile. It has been repainted pink and has been joined by several other similar pigs. These were created by Chris Budzin. He sells the pig sculptures for about $420. He has also produced donkeys and elephants. For more, see this website. [map]

The Flying Pig in Simi Valley was also created by Budzin. It is located in a residential area on Box Canyon Road. One of Budzin's pink elephants is also located on the same property. This photo is from 2012. In 2015, the pig was painted red, white, and blue. [map]

Flying Pigs
Assumption, IL
Pigs
Onsted, MI
These Flying Pigs are located at Kuhle Ford. This photo is from 2010. By 2013, there was only one pig there. For more, see this website. [map]

The Pigs in Onsted are located at Randy's Roadside Bar-B-Que. [map]

Pig Chef
Lake George, NY
Pig Chef [gone]
Gilroy, CA
Giant Pig
Moweaqua, IL
Giant Pig [gone]
Sioux Falls, SD
The Pig Chef statue at Lake George is just one of the many giant statues at Magic Forest.

The Gilroy Pig Chef was installed on the roof of the Cove restaurant which became Cafe 152 in 2007. By 2011, the restaurant was known as Las Palmitas. By 2014, the name of the restaurant had changed again and the statue was gone.

The Pig Chef in Moweaqua stands at the parking lot entrance of the Moweaqua Foods supermarket. [map]

The Pig Chef statue in Sioux Falls was installed at the Sioux Falls Stockyards Hog Division by 1962. These photos were taken in 2011. When the stockyards were demolished in 2012, the statue was saved. The owner had the statue restored and is hoping to display it at a local museum. For more, see this website.

There are other Pig Chef statues in Haddon Heights, NJ and Lena, IL. There statues were popular with BBQ restaurants. As far as I know, they were ever affiliated with a chain.

Giant Pig [gone]
Brooklyn, NY
Pig and Rooster
Charleroi, PA
The Pig in Brooklyn stood on the roof with a giant cow at Giuseppe's Meat Market. These photos are from 2007. By 2009, the store had closed and the statues were gone. There are other pigs of this type in Salisbury, MD and another in Brooklyn, NY.

The Pig and Rooster are located at Tim's Secret Treasures, an antiques store. This photo is from 2010. By 2012, there were also two bears, a bull, another rooster, and a smaller pig. By 2016, the Pig appeared to be gone but there were more Roosters and other animals. [map]

Giant Pig
Kewanee, IL
Giant Pig [gone]
Cincinnati, OH
Giant Pig
Dothan, AL
The Pig in Kewanee is installed on the roof of the H&R Block office in the Midland Plaza shopping center. The pig appears to be covered with pennies. Kewanee claims to be the "Hog Capital of the World". There is another pig statue in town. For more, see this website. [map]

The Pig in Cincinnati stood outside the BBQ Revue. By 2015, the place had closed and the statue was gone.

The Pig in Dothan was built around 1967 by Larry and Ronald Godwin. The pig is 26 feet long by about 13 feet tall and made from scrap steel. The pig's head used to move from side to side. The sculpture was created for a feed mill. The sign originally read "Going Whole Hog for Bob's Feeds". Later, the sign read "Monument to the Hog". The pig is now owned by Schnitzer Southeast, a scrap metal recycling company. The "Save the Pig" sign was just a gimmick to draw attention to the business when these photos were taken in 2010. The sign now reads: "the Pig pays more for scrap metal." For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Cheap Charlie's
Rochester, MN
Barnyard Acres
RV Park & Campground
Freedom, WY
This Pig in Rochester is installed on the roof of Cheap Charlie's restaurant. [map]

The Pig in Freedom is installed at Barnyard Acres RV Park & Campground. There is also a Rooster in front of the place.

Johnny's BBQ & Diner
Midland, TX
Johnny's BBQ & Diner has a statue on the roof that is just like the one in Freedom shown above. There is also a pig on a spit integrated into the sign. I assume that pig originally revolved. The restaurant opened in 1951 and the sign appears to be from then. [map]

Blue Ridge Pig
Nellysford, VA
Oink Joint [gone]
Birch Run, MI
The Blue Ridge Pig restaurant features this pig statue which is installed on a pole by the road. The pig was built by Mark Cline in 1985 for Dick's Barbeque in Stuarts Draft, VA. The restaurant closed and the pig disappeared. By 1992, the pig statue was installed at the Blue Ridge Pig. In 2015, a car hit the pole and the fiberglass pig was badly damaged. Cline restored the statue. [map]

The Oink Joint was a temporary transformation of the former Ken's Diner for the 2008 filming of the movie "Whip It". This foam pig was installed on the roof during the shooting. It was about 18 feet long and is probably made of fiberglass. After the filming, the place operated as the Oink Joint for awhile. By 2011, the diner was housing El Indio de Tijuana and the pig statue was gone. [photos thanks Mark Comstock]

Flag-Holding Pig
Cincinnati, OH
Greene's Bar-B-Q [gone]
Columbia, SC
Poole's Bar-B-Q
East Ellijay, GA
The Flag-Holding Pig is installed on the roof of the SpringDot Building next to I-75. The pig is dressed like Superman or Underdog. The statue might have been created in 2000 during the Big Pig Gig public art exhibit. Flying pigs are a symbol of Cincinnati which is nicknamed "Porkopolis". For more, see this website. [map]

The Greene's Bar-B-Q pig was a wood-carving. These photos are from 2009. By 2014, the restaurant had closed and the statue was gone.

Poole's Bar-B-Q is as well known for its Pig Hill of Fame as its food. The restaurant started out as a roadside shack in 1989. This pig statue is located on the roof at the restaurant's entrance. [map]

Bar B Q Pit
Merced, CA
The Bar B Q Pit pig statue is a wood carving. The restaurant opened in the early 1970s. I don't know when the statue was created. [map]

Giant Piggy Banks [gone?]
McClure, IL (also Memphis, TN)
These Giant Piggy Banks are installed at The Pony, a strip club. They were created in 2002 by Turtle Transit. The pigs are made of fiberglass. There is also an oinking soundtrack. The pigs were commissioned for the True Majority by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's ice cream fame, to protest the Pentagon's budget surplus. The larger piggy bank represented the Pentagon budget while the smaller ones represented the budget for education and world hunger. The mobile pigs were paraded around the Northeast, Florida, Iowa, and probably other states. I don't know how or when they wound up in Illinois. I believe the pigs were still in use by the True Majority in 2007. That year, the organization merged with USAction. So, the pigs were probably sold at that point. According to the management at The Pony, they bought the pigs around 2007, possibly from a barbecue restaurant. In 2015, the pigs were driven to Memphis to The Pony's other location for the Memphis in May festival. However, recent Google Street View maps don't shoe these Piggy Banks at either location. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Piggy Bank
Hatch, NM
2012: 2017:
This Piggy Bank advertises for Sparky's restaurant. The 15 foot tall fiberglass statue was installed in 2010. After a legal battle with the city, the pig was granted a sign exemption and was allowed to remain. Around 2016, the pig was moved across the street from Sparky's with several other statues. [map]

Petal & Piglets [gone]
Sioux Falls, SD
Babe [gone]
Sioux Falls, SD
Razorback Hog
Benton, AR
Petal & Piglets and Babe were part of the 2008 Sculpture Walk downtown. These photos are from 2008. Petal & Piglets was created by Carrie Quade. Babe is the work of Mary Zimmerman. I believe both of these sculptures are gone now.

There are two of these small Razorback Hog statues installed on poles in front of I-30 Concrete & Sales. The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville uses the razorback hog as its mascot. Images of "Big Red" appear throughout Arkansas. [map]

Rachel
Seattle, WA
The giant bronze piggy bank statue is known as Rachel. It was created by Georgia Gerber and installed in front of Pike Place Market in 1986. The statue was modeled after a real pig named Rachel. Donations deposited to the statue go to the Pike Place Market Foundation which supports low-income and elderly downtown residents. [map]

Billie the Piggybank
Seattle, WA
Billie the Piggybank is also located at the Pike Place Market. This bronze statue was also created by Georgia Gerber. It was originally installed at the Market Heritage Center in 2000. It was moved here in 2011. Donations deposited through the slot in Billie's back go to low-income charities. [map]

Maximus Minimus
Seattle, WA
The Maximus Minimus food truck was designed and built by Colin Reedy in 2009. The food truck features pulled pork sandwiches and is moved around town to various locations. For more, see this website.

Sham Hock [gone]
Ventura, CA
Sham Hock was a 20 foot long inflatable green pig. He had been the mascot for Ventura's St. Patrick's Day parade since 1990. In 2017, the pig split a seam and could not be repaired.

Giant Pig
Shelton, WA
Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse
Rancho Mirage, CA
This welded metal Giant Pig was installed in 2011 in protest of an increase in County property taxes. [map]

Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse opened in 2002. These three bronze pigs are located outside the restaurant. Their names are Lilly, Rose, and Lucky. [map]

Razorback Hog
Fayetteville, AR
This Razorback Hog statue is located at the University of Arkansas at the Razorback Gardens. The statue was produced by Nancy W. Couch and dedicated in 2006. There are several other razorback statues on campus. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Razorback Hog
Berryville, AR
This Razorback Hog is installed on a trailer and is or was most likely used in parades. It appears that his legs moved somehow. This guy is located near Country Bazaar Honey but I don't know if there is any relationship with this business. Does anyone know more about this statue? [map]

More Pig Statues:
Clearwater, FL [vintage, gone]
Dawsonville, GA [map]
Des Moines, IA
Villisca, IA
Spencer, IN
Garden City, MI
Dittmer, MO
Cincinnati, OH
Philadelphia, PA
Clarksville, TN [gone]
Pigeon Forge, TN
Edgehill, VA: 1, 2
Hopewell, VA

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