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post #16 of 77
The armadillo is the state mammal of Texas.
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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION By Hunter of Taylor H.C.R. No. 178 WHEREAS, The State of Texas traditionally has recognized a variety of official state symbols as tangible representations of the proud spirit and heritage of our state; and WHEREAS, The bluebonnet, the pecan tree, the Guadalupe bass, and the lightning whelk are examples of some natural specimens that serve to symbolize the great diversity of the Texas landscape, while the state dish, chili, fittingly represents another aspect of our shared culture as Texans; and WHEREAS, In keeping with this custom, the designation of an Official State Mammal of Texas has been the subject of an extensive statewide mock election participated in by hundreds of elementary school children throughout our state; and WHEREAS, The two front-runners in this race have been the armadillo and the longhorn; and WHEREAS, Once the cornerstone of the Texas cattle industry, an estimated 10 million longhorns were herded from Texas to midwestern and western markets during the quarter century that followed the Civil War, providing invaluable stability to the state's postwar economy; and WHEREAS, The longhorn's distinctive profile commands an immediate association with the State of Texas nationwide and is fittingly used as a visual symbol by businesses from the Rio Grande Valley to the Panhandle; and WHEREAS, The other candidate for designation as Official State Mammal, the armadillo, is a hardy, pioneering creature that chose to begin migrating here at about the time that Texas became a state; and WHEREAS, the armadillo possesses many remarkable and unique traits, some of which parallel the attributes that distinguish a true Texan, such as a deep respect and need for the land, the ability to change and adapt, and a fierce undying love for freedom; and WHEREAS, As proud and indomitable as the state from which they hail, both the longhorn and the armadillo will serve as fitting symbols of Texas' unique heritage; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the 74th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate the longhorn the official Large State Mammal of Texas and the armadillo the official Small State Mammal of Texas. House Concurrent Resolution No. 178, 74th Legislature, Regular Session (1995)
post #17 of 77
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post #18 of 77
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Originally Posted by iammatt
Here you go:


What is the black bear (?) to the right of the armadillo?
post #19 of 77
Thread Starter 
It appears to be a Maarten Baas piece:

www.maartenbaas.com/
post #20 of 77
Thanks matt. That's actually pretty cool and I just had an AC flashback (don't ask).
post #21 of 77
Thanks matt. That's actually pretty cool and I just had an AC flashback thanks to it (don't ask).
post #22 of 77
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Originally Posted by designprofessor
On a related subject:
I love the works of Walton Ford as throwbacks to Audubon and diaries of 19th c. travelers and naturalists.

That's my favorite Ford painting.
post #23 of 77
Here's a cheap and dust-free alternative from the hand of Picasso: Bull's Head, 1943. Also good for vegans, I suppose. I made my own replica a few years ago - people still compliment it, often without knowing about the original.
post #24 of 77
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Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
Here's a cheap and dust-free alternative from the hand of Picasso:



Bull's Head, 1943. Also good for vegans, I suppose.

I made my own replica a few years ago - people still compliment it, often without knowing about the original.
though, that saddle/seat is likely made of leather.
post #25 of 77
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Originally Posted by Renault78law
though, that saddle/seat is likely made of leather.
Fair point, but you'd have to find an antique one for approx. authentcity.
post #26 of 77
saw this and thought of you:
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post #28 of 77
^That first one is very funny and cute.
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Another related segment would be the Chinese scholar's rocks which symbolize the lonely and elegant disdain of the ideal Chinese scholar:
Ah! This puts your love of "distain" in a new context. I'm now reminded of various Asian religions, and the Jesuit "indifferentia." Both of which I find legitimate, though dangerous if misunderstood and poorly practiced. How would you define distain? What are your influences?
post #29 of 77
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^That first one is very funny and cute.


Indeed, that piece is probably my favorite work by Cattelan. Then again, I do have a bit of a fetish for miniatures....
post #30 of 77
One forum member suggested I have the RJ cat stuffed at Deyrolle.
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