The 2001 Houston Cowparade was a fundraiser for Texas Children's Hospital.
Over 300 artists painted and modified fiberglas cows as works of art which were
and continue to be displayed in and around Houston.
The completed cows were auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting Texas Children's Hospital.
Dan's cows, Marilyn and Boris were sold on line and reside in New York and New Jersey.
Dan was proud to be a part of this worthy cause and dedicated
9 months of labor to the creation of his bovine masterpieces.
His cows were featured repeatedly in the media and were favorites of the parade.
One bad bull. If Baron Von Frankenstein had a cow, this would be it.
He started out as a female, but then underwent a sex change only to be castrated..
He has never forgiven us. If you see him loose... RUN!
Marilyn Moovie Star.
I wanted to name her Marilyn Moonroe,
but Marilyn's estate would not allow it. "Cest la vie!"
Here we are starring in "The Seven Year Hitch"
Three artists Dan, Nick Polydoros and Eve Myles created this cow on location at the gala.The faces were the gala partygoers.
Here is some of the work behind the scenes.
First the initial sketch.
Foam, bondo, fiberglas, bolts, metal plates, sanding and dust.
Lots and lots of itchy fiberglas dust!
Ready for delivery, you should have seen the stares from the freeway motorists.
The udder was removed and, er... male equipment added.
I wanted to add some mountain oysters but as it was a children's hospital event, we elected to nueter poor Boris. Besides, I would have had to make them "monsterous"
and it might have been distracting to the overall look..
Note the tail which is made to look like a 22O volt electrical plug.
The boots make him 18 inches taller than any other cow in the lineup.
Shown here in his display location, right along General Sam Houston in Herman Park.
Marilyn's intial sketch. Note the double brassiere.
People looked up the skirt of the final sculpture and got a real kick out of that.
Within ten minutes of taking delivery, I hacked her into bits with a power saw.
Muwha ha ha! My wife said, "are you SURE you know what you're doing?"
The neighbors never know what to think about the Dunn household.
We had to prop her upside down until the foam set up after reattaching the limbs in a standing pose.
Once again, delivery. The most fun phase of the project.
Houston Mayor Lee Brown with Marilyn front and center.
Nick making an ass out of one of the partygoers.
The fabulous artist, Eve Myles.
Artist Nick Polydoros and a guest.
Here I am with artist Salli Babbit. I went to art school with Salli.
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