Public art is defined in many ways, from giant abstract sculptures to statues of dead people, commissioned by states or cities.
    The public art programs I've participated in have been more like the cows in Chicago or the fish in New Orleans. I think just about every critter has been used in a public art project somewhere, including pigs.
    Basically, it goes like this: A city decides that it wants to have, let's say, sheep installed all over town. Wool production is very big there, so sheep mean a lot to them.
    They come up with a basic sheep sculpture and hire some outfit to cast many fiberglass copies of that sculpture.
    Then the city asks artists to submit proposals for how they would paint or otherwise decorate and/or alter a sheep. Artists are selected, they do their thing, and the artified sheep pop up all over town, usually on the property of businesses or entities that sponsored that sheep.
    After a period of time, the sheep are gathered back up and auctioned off, which means they could go back on display or not, depending on what each new owner wants to do with it.
    I've participated in two public art projects, one in Florida (three pieces over two years) and one in Mississippi (one piece).
    Click on the thumbnails below to check each of those four pieces.

                    2004                                        2005                                        2011