Kirkland, Washington: Cow and Coyote Dress-Up Statues

An unusual piece of public art -- a bronze statue of a coyote howling on the back of a cow -- stood for over 15 years before townspeople began dressing them in costumes.

Address:
120 Central Way, Kirkland, WA
Directions:
Downtown. On the north side of Central Way/NE 85th St. at its intersection with Lake St.
Admission:
Free
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Cow and Coyote Dress-Up Statues

The Cow and Coyote statue stood in downtown Kirkland for years before some locals began dressing it in outfits for holidays and special occasions. Other locals found this offensive, so the town now polices the costumes to ensure that the Cow and Coyote are not being disrespected.

[Jeff B, 06/27/2022]
Cow and Coyote - Dress-Up Statues

In downtown Kirkland, Washington, there is a life size statue of a cow with a coyote on it's back. In Woodinville, Washington near the Hollywood Schoolhouse there is a cow and calf (Sunbeam and MoonBeam) constructed out of metal scraps.

[Cow656, 05/18/1999]

The cow and coyote were sculpted by Brad Rule in 1995. Beginning in 2011 the two statues began sporting seasonal costumes for holidays. Two Kirkland residents were offended by the coyote's Cupid diaper on Valentine's Day, 2014, and the town vowed to establish costume guidelines.


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