A cow sculpture for
Cow Parade New York 2000
This started out on a whim. I had seen the Cow Parade in Chicago in 1999, and when I heard it was happening in New York, I asked some friends if they wanted to submit a design. Thinking it would never happen, they said "Sure!", and we got the crayons out to submit our proposal.
The original proposal was one of two written up. Rania Ho did the illustration, and I wrote the text. We sent it off and forgot about it. A few weeks later, the call came in that our proposal had been accepted, and our cow would be ready for painting soon.
In a panic, we recruited all talented friends who were willing:
When we realized we only had about two weeks to make the cow, we started cutting things.The interactive elements of the original proposal were the first to go, no time and no electricity. The rollerblades were second, too expensive. Jonah proposed instead that we build a skateboard, which turned out to be a much better decision.
Naming was difficult. The original name was CowBorg, which turned out entirely wrong. M.R. Petit suggested Esmerelda, and Rania finally came up with Bovine Fetch, which stuck.