Holy cow: Students have a 'tail' of an art project

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

Who did that? That question from sixth grader Lucas Binger was directed at a life-size cow sculpture displayed near the main entrance at New Prague Middle School.

The multi-colored cow with a variety of circles belongs to art teacher Sarah Rapp who, with help from teacher's aide Robin Mueller, challenged students to create their own cow art.

Rapp's cow sculpture was from one of the many stops made by CowParade, a continuing traveling public art exhibit that has been around the world, with artists creating their own visions of cows. In the United States, exhibits have been held in New York, Denver and Chicago. World stops have included Istanbul and Barcelona. In each city, a new herd of cow sculptures are on exhibit and then auctioned off at the end of the event, with the money raised benefiting charities. One of the best auctions was in Chicago where $3 million was raised.

Rapp received her cow sculpture in 2006 from her brother Andrew Rapp who lives in Denver. She was visiting the city when CowParade was on display; she even borrowed her brother's camera to get some pictures.

She found out later Andrew was at the auction and had the winning bid on one of the cows. The sculpture is named Cowversity

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