The San Angelo Sheep Spectacular is about to reveal ewe number 100

San Angelo & Ewe

San Angelo’s 12 year “Sheep Spectacular” has become a familier marketing tool for the city that was once called the “Wool Capital of the World.”  They’re also individual works of art designed by local artists.

Downtown San Angelo’s Del Velasquez says “They were everywhere — you can find them in some hidden places sometimes.”

The blank fiberglass herd is stored in the downtown association’s office building.

 “This piece was donated to us by J W Lown — the former mayor — the artist is Scott Sustek and we have been using it as a display at different events.”

The sheep weigh 80 pounds and are modeled on a Merino Wool ewe — made by the company behind the Chicago “Cow Parade Art” project, and have become a popular marketing tool.

“From a pure marketing perspective — different sponsors use them for different reasons.” 

The sheep are about four feet tall and usually mounted on granite or large rock foundations. Cosmetic repairs are made with bondo body putty and a varnish used on cars is recommended as a clear coat. They’re all unique because designs are painted by individual artists.

“It also helps stimulate the artists in the community because they get commissions to paint the sheep.”

Designs do have to be appropriate for public display — and the word “ewe” e-w-e is usually part of the name — like “When Ewe are Hungry” and “Unforgettable Ewe”. 

“Everybody comes up with some really creative names using ewe.”  

Some have been lifted and carried away — literally. “The most famous one is the first one that was vandalized was the one that was at First Community Federal Credit Union.” 

 Velasquez tells the story about teenagers who moved the fiberglass sheep — to their apartment.

“But it didn’t take police long to figure out where it was because they left a trail of where they dragged the feet of the sheep all the way to their apartment.”

He says “Sheep Spectacular” helps fund work to revitalize San Angelo’s downtown economy — within the context of historic preservation.  “We continue to order sheep and we continue to sell them — so as long as we see that trend developing that way we’ll continue to do it.”

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