Mosaic pig to become new addition to Cleveland
by Courtney Warren
Dec 22, 2013 | 2458 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A life-sized mosaic pig will soon be added somewhere in Cleveland for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland auctioned off the mosaic pig to the highest bidder at their last charity ball in February.

Nan Sanders was the highest bidder and after she won she had the rights to name the pig and work with the city of Cleveland and Junior Auxiliary to choose its new home.

Junior Auxiliary has a mentor program and part of that program is called Beyond the Canvas.

With Beyond the Canvas approximately nine students in the Cleveland School District from elementary to middle school ages worked with Junior Auxiliary members to create the mosaic pig.

The group chose to create a pig because of the 40th anniversary of Octoberfest that was celebrated this year.

"The goal of the program is to put some type of public art into Cleveland and we chose to do a mosaic because all of the past projects had used the medium paint," said Renee LaMastus of Junior Auxiliary.

LaMastus and Melanie Bray are both part of the cultural committee for Junior Auxiliary and are now overseeing the installment of the pig.

"We are working with city council to find a good place for the pig," said LaMastus and added that she would like to see it placed somewhere along the green strip downtown.

"We have not determined a base for it but Cleveland is very open to working with JA to make sure the mosaic pig is placed in an area that represents them well and somewhere that the community and visitors can appreciate it," said Farrae Wolfe city administrator.

"We will be getting together at the beginning of the year to see where the best area would be for it.

"We also want it to be representative of everything JA and Cleveland is about and make sure it is placed just so," she added.