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Title: Moo-chas Gracias
Location: Knot Garden at Houston Center: Austin and Lamar
Artist: Edwin R. Negron
Sponsor: Fayez Sarofim & Company

The “Moo-chas Gracias” cow design is a simple caricature with smooth lines and flowing movements. The concept integrates the cow into the artwork by making her a participant rather than treating her as a canvas. The artist’s intention was to maintain the integrity of the original cow, and to merge the beauty of the shape into the composition. This was accomplished by wrapping the children’s arms and bodies around the cow in a loving embrace, and allowing the cow to acknowledge the gesture by peeking out the corner of her eyes as a one-line smile defines the contour of her mouth. The artist would like the viewer to embrace the occasional bump and odd features on children’s anatomy. It’s alright. After all, as children cancer patients are the artist’s inspiration for the cow, he says, “Their bodies may be scarred by the affliction, but beyond that, they are just young spirits thirsty for good times, love and all those freebies that life offers … and that sometimes we take for granted. “Moo-chas Gracias”

This cow was sold in Flight 7 of the internet auction hosted by Amazon.com that ran from January 5 to January 11, 2002.

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