It's A Masterpiece, Saints New Four-Legged Mascot Is Pablo PigassoST. PAUL, MN May 20, 2015
IT’S A MASTERPIECE, SAINTS NEW FOUR-LEGGED MASCOT IS PABLO PIGASSO
ST. PAUL, MN (May 20, 2015) – Walk anywhere in Lowertown and art is everywhere. From the lofts, to the Art Crawl to the eclectic shops it’s an artist’s delight. The addition of CHS Field, which has received rave reviews from fans and media alike, has found its footprint among the creative class. The neighborhood, architects, Saint Paul Art Collective and Saints fans will receive one more piece of beautiful artwork on loan for the 2015 season in the form of the four-legged swine mascot as the Saints unveiled Pablo Pigasso at the World’s Largest Game of Catch.
Pigasso comes to the Saints as one of the most creative and innovative pig mascots of his generation. The color and hue of his complexion reminds many of the style of analytic cubism. His demeanor harkens back to the classicism and realism period while his wild side will have fans comparing him to the shocking nature of Les Femmes a’Alger. While Saints should not expect Pigasso to go through a blue period, when they first see him it will remind all of First Communion. The tear markings below his eye will remind others of another famous Frenchman, Marcel Marceau.
Pigasso received a tour of CHS Field prior to his appearance at the World’s Largest Game of Catch. He immediately felt at home especially with all the artwork adorning the ballpark. He couldn’t stop snorting his approval about the mural behind home plate, the same one that the talented artist Andy Nelson painted and greeted fans as they walked through the gate at Midway. He rolled around on the floor in excitement about the ode to Michelangelo in the nightly suite and basked in the sun when he found out two different artists would display artwork at each game in The Gallery located on the concourse behind home plate.
While the choice of Pigasso tied in nicely with the Lowertown area there were a number of formidable challengers for the 2015 name of the pig. It barely squeaked out a victory over singing sensation Piggy Azalea, Mears Pork, a Lowertown St. Paul iconic area or two opportunities to potentially see a pig silhouette fall out of the top window of a building with Jon Hamm/Mud Men.
The Saints revealed the name at the World’s Largest Game of Catch Wednesday in downtown St. Paul. The name was selected out of over 1,400 entries in the Name the Pig Contest presented by the St. Paul Pioneer Press at twincities.com. The winning entry was submitted by Karl Norton of West St. Paul. He receives a prize pack from the Saints, along with being honored at a Saints game during the season.
During the previous 22 seasons the Saints have had a pig mascot and each has had a unique name. Many of the names play on hot topics of the year, current events or local celebrities. Last season the Saints received the Colboar bump with Stephen Colboar. In 2012 the Saints had two mascots for the first time: Kim Lardashian and Kris Hamphries. Past names have included last season’s Mackleboar, Brat Favre (2010), Slumhog Millionaire (2009), Boarack Ohama (2008), Notorious P.I.G. – Piggy Smalls (2003) and Kevin Bacon (2001).
When the Saints moved to town in 1992, their sister team in Fort Myers was having great success with a live Golden Retriever mascot and the Saints wanted to capitalize on that success. Libby Veeck, the wife of Saints owner and President Mike Veeck, came across an interesting tidbit in a book she was reading and discovered St. Paul was known as “Pig’s Eye” after Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant. Thus, the pig mascot was born.
Since 1993 the Saints have received the pig from Dennis and Marilyn Hauth who handle, train, design costumes and house the pigs.
The Saints will open CHS Field on Thursday evening May 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
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