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Title: Udderfly
Location: Tranquillity Park: Smith and Walker
Artist: Elizabeth Hornik
High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Sponsor: EOG Resources, Inc.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it Udderfly. The concept of an Udderfly came from the idea of crossing two completely different creatures: a butterfly and a cow. A cow is heavy and lumber-some and a butterfly is so delicate that the creators thought it would be great to create a graceful, delicate form. Two large, fat “cow” wings were fashioned from chicken wire and spray-foam insulation and then fiber-glassed to the cow. The artists hope, “As people look at our cow we want them to imagine that she is sitting in a field of flowers and that she could easily get up and fly away at any minute. We hope that people might look at cows differently after seeing our version. Cows can be beautiful and graceful too.”

Artist Elizabeth Hornik grew up all over the country but her favorite state is Texas. After attending high school in Chicago and receiving a B.A. in art education from Eastern Illinois University, Hornik came back “home” to Houston. This year is her fourteenth year as an art teacher the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, HISD. Hornik has been active with her students in the Orange Show Art Car Parade for about six years. A few years ago Hornik went to visit Chicago and saw the CowParade for the first time. As Hornik states, “I absolutely fell in love with the cows and remember thinking about how this idea would work well in Houston with the unique eclectic art that often is produced from this city.” Artis Katherine Jones, currently a senior at the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, created the design for this cow. Ms. Jones has worked as the art director for two award winning art cars, and as stage manager for the artistic creation of the sets for the school plays. She has a natural love for art that is a little offbeat.

This cow was sold in Flight 1 of the internet auction hosted by that ran from December 7 - 13, 2001.

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