The Woofus.

The Woofus

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Dallas, Texas

In 1936 an artist named Lawrence Tenney Stevens created a sculpture for the Texas Centennial Exposition. He said it depicted the progeny of an Australian sheep that took a vacation in Texas and had friendly relations with all of the state's top livestock. The result -- the Woofus -- had the head of a sheep, the body of a pig, the tail of a turkey, the wings of a duck, a horse's neck, and chrome longhorns. Also, it was both male and female.

The Woofus.

Stevens' Woofus was removed in 1941 and never seen again. A popular theory is that the nine-foot-tall sculpture, made of cast concrete, was destroyed by Texas Christians, who saw the Woofus, with its indelicate backstory, as a pagan idol -- although no one really knows for sure what happened to it.

Over 60 years passed before another artist recreated the Woofus from its original model -- only to have it destroyed when his studio burned to the ground. Undaunted, a third Woofus was created and placed outside the Swine Building on the Texas State Fairgrounds. It has become a popular photo-op, and has thus far survived unmolested.

The Woofus

Address:
3921 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX
Directions:
Park somewhere near the east side of Parry Ave. at its intersection with Exposition Ave., then walk through the main entrance onto the State Fairgrounds. Walk east to the far end of the long Esplanade Fountain. Turn left. Walk under the International Blvd arches and turn right onto Admiral Nimitz Circle. Follow about a quarter-mile. There will be a large building on the left, the Pan American Arena. When you reach the far end of the Arena, turn left onto MLK Jr Blvd. You'll see the Woofus ahead, on the right.
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