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Re: Cow Sculptures

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Mon, 21 Jun 1999 07:36:53 EDT

In a message dated 99-06-17 01:55:31 EDT, you write:

<< We just got back from chicago and saw a few of the cows. we wish that we
knew asbout them before going. What do they represent? >>

The idea came from, Peter Hanig, owner of the local Hanig Footwear stores.
His family viewed a unique cow sculpture display in Zurich, while on
vacation, lining the city's main streets.
He wanted to recreate this memorable experience for visitors to Chicago.

The display is a summer promotion from The Chicago Office of Public Art and
Office of Tourism. 300 cows were placed along State Street and Michigan Ave
from June 14 to mid Oct.

I believe merchants purchase a cow and sponsor it in the exhibit and find
artists to decorate it. Water Tower commissioned Marshall Metro High School's
art dept. Water Tower, Ritz Carlton, Marshall Field's, Tomas Kindade Gallery
have sponsored cows outside of the Hancock Bldg and Water Tower Place. The
cows are all from the same mold, it looks like a fiberglass material.

In mid Oct, I think the cows will be placed up for bid at the cattle auction
at the Daley Plaza in Chicago.

I am referencing a letter that the Water Tower Place distributed to its
merchants. Water Tower is giving copies of the letter to the public.

It was fun to see, there are many photographs being taken of the cows by
tourists. Kids really like it.

Sue, Cicero teacher