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Title: Cow Bird
Location: The Park At Midtown: Midtown-Milam and Hadley
Artist: Roberta Harris
Sponsor: Camden and

Cow Bird is a joyous, colorful and whimsical image of a cow with a large bird on its right and left sides. One bird is made entirely of a large checkerboard design and the other bird is painted abstractly and blends in with the painted cow. According to Harris, “My first inspiration was to playfully honor all the birds that like to hang around cows!!!! As I continued to work on the image, it seemed to become more about a Whimsical Zen idea of the bird being “at one” with its cow and the cow being “at one” with its bird!!!!”

Roberta Harris was born in Passaic, New Jersey and grew up in Houston, Texas. She has lived in New York, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was chosen for the Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1972. Harris studied at Parson’s School of Design and Hunter College in New York. Her paintings and sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in numerous public, private and corporate collections including MTV Corporation, New York; Frito-Lay, Dallas, Texas; Dynegy, Houston, Texas; and Compaq, Houston, Texas. Harris has instructed at Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas; and the University of Houston, Houston, Texas and has served as an Advisory member of the Art and Architecture Panel, Texas Arts Commission; Houston Arts Festival; Cultural Arts Council of Houston and the Art League of Houston. Harris lives and makes art in Houston, Texas.

This cow was sold in Flight 4 of the internet auction hosted by that ran from December 15 - 21, 2001.

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