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Cow & Calf

Cow & Calf

Public art can make such a difference in our lives. Take these two larger than life sculptures, the Scottish Angus Cow & Calf by Colorado sculpture artist, Dan Ostermiller. They effectively represent Colorado, it’s ranching community and offer a visually interesting and beautiful structure that can be interacted with with kids climbing all over the cows 

Dan was commissioned by a Colorado ranch owner who wanted sculptures made of his beloved Angus cows. The artist spent time with the cows, observing and photographing them to understand the animals in their natural habitat. He was particularly drawn to the way they simply lay out in the pasture.

Ostermiller dedicated his studio to a significant design/build process to create the cows. The Denver Art Museum has a section of their website regarding the design/build process.

The owner had promised to donate the cows had he ever sold the ranch, and thats how they ended up here in Denver alongside Daniel Libeskind’s designed Denver Art Museum and the DAM Residences pictured in the background of this photograph.

My studio is near by and I walk by these cows often and on a nice day, there are always children playing on the cows as if they were a jungle gym. I think its neat how this now public art installation draws so much attention and engagement.

I would argue the cows only improve the area.

JC

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