Art Animals Invade!
Large and often dangerous beasts have been pouring into our cities from lord knows what planet, flaunting their outrageous mutations and daring us to stop them.
Some say it’s a virus created in Switzerland ( a normally neutral country ) where it was injected Into cattle and exported worldwide. For a time the affliction remained bovine, then spread to pigs and horses.
A local strain has caused Alligators in my home town to walk upright. Pelicans elsewhere in the state have grown to unusual size and fish in the port city of New Orleans have started to walk about on land.
A recent incursion of Moose monsters out of Canada has roused new suspicions on the origins of this creeping surge which scientists have dubbed “Fabulosis”.
There are those that claim the creatures are but visions, manifestations of our deepest desires, marching out of the dreams of school children, the ambitions merchants and the minds of psychopaths. Appeals from animal rights organizations have spared these abominations, most of which seem innocent enough, though rumor has it some less G – rated specimens have been taken into custody.
It is also clear that many of the things have sold out, opting to sport corporate symbols rather then the honest work of the common man.
It wasn’t until 2004 that the Militant Graffiti Artists of Stockholm decided to stand their ground, saying that,
“We, the members of The Militant Graffiti Artists of Stockholm feel morally obligated to protect our city against the cows that have invaded our streets.”
And protect it they did, hostages were taken, fiberglass heads rolled – and a message was sent to ad-wizards everywhere that the right to besmirch Stockholm’s streets with garish schlock was a right that belonged to its people!
In light of the recent violence in Sweden, a race of bear mutants has banded together – throwing their paws In the air as if to say “Why can’t we all just get along.” They have traveled to various nations, standing in a circle and preaching their message of peace – but one wonders if there isn’t an ulterior motive. After all, one doesn’t see any other animals among them . . .
Buddy bears today, Tomorrow, The World.
This is great! I promise I will read your small novel soon, just been kinda swamped with work and school this week.
No worries 🙂 Thanks for
stopping by. Glad you enjoyed
I really like this. So colorful ^_^
Thanks for reading. 🙂
You have a great blog. Sorry I’ve just discovered it. If you decide you’d like to write some short NF pieces–all writing related–about creativity, the writing process, etc I’d love for you to do some blogposts for BWG. You’re a really good writer and artist! 🙂 And I liked your Gator Bites contribution too. Keep submitting. You’ll sell your stuff some day. Persistence and patience will pay off for you. I promise.
Your comment is very encourageing, made
my day! I’m just getting used to this internnet
stuff so I’m not sure how exactly to go about
doing that. Do I send matieral via an email?
Once again thanks, I am happy to know when
I’ve been successful. 🙂
To discuss this more, email me at jessy31writer (at) aol (dot) com. I don’t know if you remember me but I used to be the prez of Bayou Writers Group. And I remember our speaker at the conference– the YA speaker telling me he thought you were very talented.
Thanks I’ll definately look into it. 😀
it would have been quite cute if it happened in reality. fabulous photographs and hilarious narration. 🙂
I can’t take credit for the pictures, the fact even
the Aligator’s are not mine is a testiment to my
lazyiness with camera’s and cars. The art animals
actually invading was an idea I came up with when
reasearching this trend, suggesting they might be
alive was a cute concept. Other then that there
are many genuine facts here – the trend was
said to have started in Switzerland –
There were cases of vandalism and theft of
Cow statues in Sweden – Cows are still the Animal
of choice for many these community art projects,
Though things other then animals such as musical
insterments, have been used. “Cow Parade” seems
to be the most well known project. “Gaters on the
Geux” and “Trail of Painted Ponies” are two more
examples from the United States – “Buddy Bears
Berlin” is a project with a goal to promote world
peace – (so in a way the bears really are
coveying a message 🙂
Cool Globes in Amsterdam, was an enviromental
promotion, and my reference to animals getting
“arrested” was a comment on how the sculptures
were supposed to be “Family Friendly” so some
more shocking pieces were baned from public
display. Many of the pictures I used on this post
are in the public Domain – and can be found on
Wikipedia’s Cow Parade article.
thanks for sharing them with us, collecting, sorting and sharing. 🙂
Love this post. Love that David Lynch cow (mmmm!). Wasn’t this a US-wide art project? This street art thing you’re doing is very intriguing and fresh. Guerrilla art! Yes!
I think it became prominent in the U.S.
but started in europe – I read about the
Designer of the cows sueing an american
company for violation of copyright, but
coulden’t figure out how to make it
funny. Really glad you liked it. 😀
About ten years ago, I had occassion to be in Chicago,IL and came across this “community art project” displayed throughout the entire city. Everywhere I went, there was a decorated cow statue in front of a store, on the corner, by the Navy Pier. I never quite got what the significane of the cow was and why each particular location. But, they were cute and colorful. Thanks for sharing. Loved the article.
I think cows were the origional
animal, that is why everyone
used them, Also – communitys
like to use animals/things that
are some how important to the
reigon, weather of econimical
significance or those that are
merely symbolic of the region.
Other things like fiddels or
masks have been used.