Harley is on display outside Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s office in the Indiana Statehouse, greeting guests who walk by her doorway. The life-size hog sculpture is painted in the colors of the state flag, complete with torch and stars.
Harley is on display outside Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s office in the Indiana Statehouse, greeting guests who walk by her doorway. The life-size hog sculpture is painted in the colors of the state flag, complete with torch and stars.

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 Pork office.