INDIANAPOLIS — Although it perhaps is not quite as
intimidating as a watchdog, Harley the Hog stands guard outside Lt. Gov. Sue
Ellspermann’s office in the Indiana Statehouse.
The life-size sculpture is painted in the colors of the
state flag, complete with torch and stars. It originally was given to Becky
Skillman during her time in office by Indiana Pork.
Ellspermann noted that when she became the new lieutenant
governor, she couldn’t let Harley go because fourth-graders who came for a tour
of the Statehouse would rather take their picture with the hog than her.
“He is a rock star at the statehouse,” she said.
Ellspermann added that she, along with the rest of her
staff, enjoy watching how many people stop by to either check out the hog statue
or take a picture with it.
Although she has no analytical data to support it, she
believes Harley is the most photographed fixture in the capitol building.
Ellspermann noted that the sculpture also serves as a
reminder to visitors about the importance of agriculture and how proud she is to
support the ag industry.
Harley has a twin named Hamlet on display in the Indiana