Pig Iron BBQ Restaurant, Pig Sign and Pink Jeep


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Pig Iron BBQ Restaurant, Pig Sign and Pink Jeep is a picture, with genre photograph, signs (notices) and buildings.

It was created in June 2001.

This photograph shows the storefront of the Pig Iron BBQ 5295 North High Street, featuring the iconic pig statue displayed out front, as it appeared circa June, 2001. The photograph was taken just southeast of the restaurant, looking northwest. The Pig Iron BBQ opened at this spot in Beechwold in June 2001, in what had formerly been a McDonald's restaurant. In June, 2012, the Pig Iron changed ownership and became Iron Grill Barbeque & Brew, but the well-known pig sign out front remained.

Artist and signmaker William (bc) (Bill) Collins designed the pig sculpture and sign for the Pig Iron BBQ. The sculpture was made of high density urethane built on a framework made by Fortin and carved by bc. The sculpture has LED lights for the eyes.

Visible around the roof of the restaurant are signs advertising "Pulled Pork," "Ribs and Chicken," "Beef Brisket" and "Cold Beer." These signs were also designed and painted by bc.

In the lower right-hand corner of the picture, a pink Jeep is visible, parked on the lawn in front of the restaurant and with firewood in its bed. The Jeep (which was not painted by bc), was the source of some controversy. According to a May 29, 2003 "This Week News" article by Gary Seman, Jr., the Jeep was added by owner Mike Purdum shortly after the restaurant's opening. The city of Columbus forced Purdum to move the truck, which was relocated to the patio behind the building.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, artist and signmaker William (bc) (Bill) Collins attended Columbus College of Art and Design when it was still a small art school, majoring in Fine Art. After serving in the Army in Europe, he became a sign artist for businesses throughout the Columbus area, starting his sole ownership sign business in 1978. Over nearly three decades, he created some of the most iconic advertising art in central Ohio.

Before the advent of computers and the use of vinyl, bc designed, created and sold his signs marketing his work through word of mouth. He cut letters with a router, made and pounced patterns, projected designs on a variety of objects then finished the job by painting and installing the sign.

bc created signs for numerous Worthington-area businesses, including Angels on High, Scottie MacBean, Pig Iron BBQ (now Iron Grill Barbeque and Brew), P.K. O'Ryan's, The Old Bag of Nails Pub, Celtic Corner, Magic Cruises & Tours and M.S. Abbott Jewelers.

In addition to his sign art, bc was an accomplished muralist, sculptor and painter of portraits, landscapes and other work, which were exhibited in galleries throughout central Ohio. In April 2022, bc’s 1992, 25-foot mural of the Columbus skyline became part of the permanent collection at The Ohio Arts Council.

bc and his family lived in Worthington for 22 years.

It covers the topics cars, art, artists and restaurants.

It features the person William (bc) (Bill) Collins, 1943-2020.

It features the organization Pig Iron BBQ & Fish Shack.

It covers the city Worthington.

The original is in a private collection.

This file was reformatted digital in the format video/jpeg.

The Worthington Memory identification code is wcd0435.

This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on December 5, 2022. It was last updated December 6, 2022.