Our event at the B.O.B was a great success. Thank you to all our friends and sponsors who are helping to bring Parsifal to life. New photos up on our PHOTOS/B.O.B. event @ EVE page with coverage by Grand Rapids Social Diary.
We will be hosting an open house within the next couple of weeks- stay tuned!
New Vids! The True Story of Parsifal the SteamPig
New videos are up on our VIDEOS page: check them out!
The Official 2010 SteamPig T-shirts are here! We now have 2 design options, men’s, ladies and kids sizes up to 3XL. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with quantity and size information. $10 for a white ($15 for black) to support the experiment. We also have a new poster design that we will have available for purchase shortly.
Check out our support page for more information and how you can further support the SteamPig. Thank you friends!
Running Away and Joining the Circus: the SteamPunk Circus, Cirque Acirca- In addition to the SteamPig there will be a SteamPunk-themed Circus at ArtPrize. Please take a moment to read about their mission and learn more about our friends at Cirque Acirca.
A call to all misfits, Renaissance-lovers and steampunks everywhere (we know you are always looking for an excuse to don your Sunday best!), please dress up during AP and support our experiments- the more the merrier! Know any other AP artists with a similar theme? Let us know, we want to collaborate!
Who Knows? This Pig might take flight…!?! Joachim and Ross have been diligent with the detail work.
“The pig has been part of the human condition for at least nine millennia, possibly more. It appears in religion, in folklore, in literature. Yet in spite of, or perhaps because of this kinship, our relationship with the pig is dynamic, even troubled. The Celts revered them with their swine god Moccus; the ancient Greeks told of men turning into them. We use their name as a term of derision and don’t notice the irony. A sloppy person is a “dirty pig,” even though pigs are so clean they won’t defecate in their barnyard homes. A person who eats too much is a “pig,” even though we turn every ounce of swine into food. Some pigs disturb, like red-eyed “Jodie” of the Amityville Horror and the decapitated boar’s head in Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Yet many others delight, like Wilbur, Porky, Piglet, Miss Piggy and Babe. Orwell used them to great allegorical effect in Animal Farm. And somewhere in this tapestry is Churchill’s famous observation:
“Dogs look up to man. Cats look down to man. Pigs look us straight in the eye and see an equal.”
We see many parallels with the The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and what it did for the city of Chicago, and Artprize, for what it is doing for the city of Grand Rapids. Parsifal’s Story begins during this exhibition.