Bridgeport Art Center Manager Paul Levy says the Palin sculpture is not his favorite piece in the exhibition, but he does admit that it has mass appeal.
"People love that piece, and we've gotten a tremendous reception from everyone who has seen it," Levy said. "What can I say, people love Sarah Palin."
Wallace said the piece was born out of his frustration with the political climate surrounding Palin's potential presidential run last summer. He said he thought she was stealing media attention away from the discussion of real issues by pulling publicity stunts and eating fried butter at state fairs, so he said, he decided to turn her actions into a parody.
"I felt like I needed a catharsis, creating the work really helped me deal with my frustration at the time," Wallace said. "But the point of the piece is to actually get people talking about things that are important to all of us right now."
His decision to roast a pig was a deliberate decision as well. He affixed two turkey wings to the pig's back to act as physical representation of the euphemism when pigs fly, a reference to Palin's chances at the presidential nomination.