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Steel cow sculpture eye-catcher in Sammamish Valley

Herd it through the bovine

cow sculpture

Catching the eye of passing motorists during its construction phase, a 12-foot-tall steel bovine now calls Paul Waterman's pasture home. The sculpture is about 100 yards south of the Hollywood Schoolhouse intersection on the Woodinville-Redmond Road.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.

cow sculpture by Jeff Switzer
The horses were spooked for the first hour after it arrived. They gradually worked their way closer to inspect the massive beast. Frozen in its spot and silent, it wasn't a threat, they decided.
   "They settled down after that," said 82-year-old Paul Waterman, on whose property stands the Sammamish River Valley's newest public art: a 12-foot-tall, 21-foot-long welded amalgam of steel storage drums and scrap iron which, both from the road and up close, resembles a cow.
   The sculpture is the creation of a property owner farther down the valley, who was inspired by one he'd seen in California. With Waterman's help, he collected about eight 350-gallon old fuel tanks and scrap metal, but that's where Waterman's role ended.
   "He did it all. I think he did a heck of a job," Waterman said, pointing out the spots where welds and changes were made to make it accurately depict the real thing.
   In all, the project took about three months, and last Wednesday night, to the surprise of the eight horses which are boarded on the property, the cow magically appeared in Waterman's pasture, just south of the NE 145th Street intersection on the Woodinville-Redmond Road.
   "I figured the horses were lonesome. After a while, they'll be scratching themselves on it, just like my tractor over there," Waterman gestured.
   The sculpture's nose is made from a ladle used for pouring stained glass at Spectrum; the udders are made from a double-insulated soup kettle. The cow bell is made in part from what looks like the hub of a motorcycle wheel. The bulk of it is made from square-foot steel pieces, all welded together on a sturdy frame.
   A 38-year resident of the Valley, Waterman noted that his property is zoned agricultural, and he figures having the cow grazing there will help him next April. "I'm thinking it'll be a big tax write-off."