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Bow tie stolen from bovine sculpture at UNC

Posted August 23, 2012

— A sculpture designed by fashion designer Alexander Julian as part of a fundraiser for the North Carolina Children's Hospital has been vandalized, officials said Thursday.

“Alexander Moo-lian Bow-vine” is among more than 80 life-size cow sculptures dispersed across the Triangle this week in CowParade North Carolina 2012.

The cow, which was decorated in the style of Julian's clothing line, was placed in front of the visitors center at the University of North Carlina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday. Late that night, someone stole its oversized bow tie.

"The thought that anyone would harm any of the cows on parade is very disappointing to me, especially knowing the first cow to be vandalized is on the campus of UNC, my alma mater,” Julian said in a statement.

To encourage the safe return of the bow tie, Children's Hospital officials said no charges would be filed and no questions would be asked if it is returned by Aug. 30. If that deadline isn't met, however, the hospital will offer a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprit.

The Julian-designed cow, which was sculpted by UNC alumni Raines Thompson and Earle Thompson, is valued at $20,000, which officials said makes it one of the most valuable pieces in the Cow Parade exhibit.

The cow sculptures will be on display through early December before being auctioned off in January.

"I only hope the bow tie is returned so Alexander Moo-lian Bow-vine can continue to bring joy to visitors and be auctioned to help so many sick children who depend on the hospital for world-class care,” Julian said.

CowParade is part of an international public art event that has raised more than $30 million for its nonprofit partners in 75 cities since 1999.


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  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 23, 2012

    This is why we can't have nice things-GravyPig

    Ha ha ha.....MOM? Is that you? Kidding, made me laugh.

  • FAN72 Aug 23, 2012

    Perhaps some Frat guys hid it in Prof. N's class room figuring no one would ever see it there?

    The very thought of a Bovine being on the UNC campus is more than many UNC fans can handle.

  • GravyPig Aug 23, 2012

    This is why we can't have nice things. Hope they catch the bovine burglar.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 23, 2012

    Alexander Julian could try it with some cows in TX, too ...but instead of bow ties ...bolo ones. ;)

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 23, 2012

    Hmmmmmm............so it's you is is? What was wrong with my comment? Was it the pathetic part? Was it the pun? Was it the sacred cow comment? What was is exactly that didn't warrant my harmless comment? I've read the guidelines and there was NOTHING in that post that went against them. The post was not similar to the other 3 at the time of my posting? So, what's the problem?

  • cousin_eddie2012 Aug 23, 2012

    Who was guarding this precious dinner?

  • hangry Aug 23, 2012

    My prayers go out to the cow's family.

  • Glock Ranger Aug 23, 2012

    THIS is news!!!!!

  • Obamacare returns Aug 23, 2012

    That cow will be lucky if it still has its horns left by the end of next week.

  • computer trainer Aug 23, 2012

    SO sad that people are like this. When the Wolves were roaming Raleigh, one was thrown in the water at Pullen Park, but it was not the first day.

    Come on people, stop proving to people that you are not worth squat!