Category Archives: Animal sculpture

Public Art at Christmas Time (Part 1)

Quoted from

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish.  Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself. ~Francis C. Farley

[I]t is the one season of the year when we can lay aside all gnawing worry, indulge in sentiment without censure, assume the carefree faith of childhood, and just plain “have fun.”  Whether they call it Yuletide, Noel, Weinachten, or Christmas, people around the earth thirst for its refreshment as the desert traveller for the oasis. ~D.D. Monroe

Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessing
Returns to you glad.

-John Greenleaf Whittier

We Heart Public Art wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Bust of Dr. Lincoln Goodale (taken by jfsl3 in Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2005)

Statue of Captain James Cook (taken by werewegian in Yorkshire, UK, 2007)

Festive Hippo (taken by Helena Pugsley in Marwell Zoo,  Colden Common, UK, 2008)

A Statue in Savannah, Georgia (taken by jamieca, 2006)

Lion with a Wreath (taken by {elaine} in Chicago. USA, 2007)

Ibsen with a Santa Hat (taken by svanes, Grimstad, Norway, 2006)

An Angel with a Santa Hat (taken by kerryank in Adelaide, Australia, 2008)


Cow Sculptures Around the World (Part 1)

From a post on “Cow Parade” in nancysgifts:

The cow is an animal we all love. Cows are nurturing, whimsical, quirky, and never threatening. Cows provide the milk that fosters our development, and milk is the basis of beloved childhood treats like ice cream. In short, everyone loves cows!

Public sculptures on cows are found all over the world.  Here are just some of them:


Psychedelic Cow: One of the many cow art in Cow Parade traveling exhibit.  The original molds used for the cow statues were by Swiss artist, Pascal Knapp (Photo taken in Lisbon, Portugal in 2006; originally uploaded by The Man in Blue)


Melting Cow: Another cow sculpture (fiberglass) that was part of the Cow Parade traveling exhibit (Photo taken in Budapest 2006 and uploaded by loungerie for flickr).


“Cow Up a Tree” by Australian artist, John Kelly. Photo of this whimsical bronze sculpture was taken in the Melbourne Docklands, Australia in 2006; originally uploaded by chaddles for flickr.


Bronze statue of a calf drinking water: Photo taken in Gstaad, Switzerland; Originally uploaded by douglasamcintosh for flickr


“Vache Paysage (Le Grand)” by French artist, François-Xavier Lalanne, bronze:  Cow sculpture whose cutout torso frames a view of the classical house of the duke of Devonshire in Derbyshire, UK. This is a part of the 2007 Sotheby’s “Beyond Limits” exhibition in the historic Chatsworth grounds.  (Photo originally uploaded by Boffin PC for flickr).

Postscript: There will be “moo”-re cow sculptures in future posts.

Maman (original)

Giant Spider Sculpture, London,

Flickr photo originally uploaded

by Steve Greaves

Location: Tate Gallery, London , UK (on long term loan)

Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, bronze and marble, 1999

Quoted from wikipedia:

Maman…which resembles a spider, is over 30ft high, with a sac containing marble eggs. Besides the stainless steel version on long-term loan to the Tate Modern, London, there are several bronze casts, located at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Mori Art Museum, Roppongi, Tokyo; Samsung Museum of Modern Art (Leeum), Seoul; Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, Havana, Cuba; and soon (2009) Des Moines, Iowa USA.


The Original Maman at the Tate Gallery, London (photo by .Andrew Dunn.)


One bronze cast at Ottawa, Canada (photo originally uploaded by derek farr (detroit derek)


Another in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan (photo originally uploaded by kleinmatt66)


…while one is in Bilbao, Spain (photo originally uploaded by scbushnell)