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Title: Abra Cow Dabra
Location: Pennzoil Place: Milam and Rusk
Artist: Julie Brook Alexander
Sponsor: Texas Children's Cancer Center Employees

This is sheer magic! You never know what this clever bovine will pull out of its hat. She wears a cape bearing the magic incantation – AbraCowDabra! The viewer discovers familiar magical transformations – a rabbit in a hat, doves flying from a cap, card tricks, knotted scarves, and a flower surprise. But who is the magician here? The rabbit carries the magic wand. Doves pull scarves from one pocket and flowers from another Is the magician the big purple cow dressed in formal attire and magic cape, or could it be the rabbit, or the doves? The real magic is in the eyes of the beholder.

AbraCowDabra was designed with the employees of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center in mind. The employees wanted to appeal to viewers of all ages in inspire a sense of joy. What better choice for the Cancer Center cow, than a magician? It salutes the employees of the Cancer Center for the magic they perform everyday with children and their families.

Julie Alexander, a native Houstonian, has participated actively in projects for children and children’s art. She has served in various capacities at the Children’s Museum of Houston including President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Capital Campaign to establish a permanent home in the Museum District. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in art at Rice University and has taught art in public and private schools.

This cow was sold in Flight 6 of the internet auction hosted by that ran from December 20, 2001 to January 8, 2002.

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