Alfred was part of a series of "Pigs in the City"
was run by the
Saskatchewan Abilities Council in association with SaskEnergy in 2002
in Saskatoon, and in 2003 in
Regina. Saskatoon artist, Miranda Jones said Alfraid "was my personal
brainchild/pig." She and co-creator, Donna Chizen, extensively
modified Alfred from one of the pig 'blanks' that they began with.
Saskatoon had 30 pigs,
while Regina had 23. Local artists developed the themes for each
pig, and then sponsors like the Saskatchewan Potash Corporation, came
on board, paying to have the pigs created.
Both projects saw a lot of creativity from local artists and
businesses. Alfred and his brothers and sisters did a lot of great
work because the pigs were auctioned off at the
end of the promotion, with all proceeds going to the Sask Abilities
Council. "Pigs in the City" has been run in several cities across
North America in the past.
Why Alfred Kitsch-Hog?
Miranda and Donna must have
been big fans of the English film director and producer Alfred
Hitchcock. He was often called the “Master of Suspense” because of the
thrills he built into all his movies.
Do you see a resemblance between Alfred Hitchcock
and Alfred Kitsch-Hog?
"The title is a twist on the name of famous movie director Alfred
Hitchcock, which I changed to create an intentionally fun-in-cheek
sculpture and hopefully a fine example of art kitsch!!! (Hence the play
on words)! I did extensive research.. namely I 'pigged-out' on as many
Alfred Hitchcock movies that I could find, to gather visual clues in true
Hitchcock fashion! We then incorporated as many of these as possible
into the art work, hoping viewers would enjoy guessing the titles of 19
movies and plays directed by Mr Hitchcock. Some clues are more subtle
The full list of movies is listed below. (Sadly, some of these clues
have been vandalized or destroyed by exposure to the elements)."
What do the parts of Afred
How many can you figure out? If you figure out more,
send us an email.
To see the movie
connections that we found, click on the links.
(sung by Doris Day)
Some of Alfred Hitchock's other movies that may have clues on
To Catch a Thief
Strangers on a Train
Shadow of Doubt
The 39 Steps