LOGAN, Utah --Bessie is cleared for takeoff. A sculpture of a cow wearing a jet pack and leaping over a crescent moon will go on display this month in front of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
Artist Michael Bingham won a $3,000 commission last summer to create a "flying object" and decided on the airborne bovine.
"I read about the commission in the paper and was thinking about things that I could make fly," Bingham said. "I saw these cows and thought, 'These are the least likely animals or objects to fly.' Then, I pictured the jet pack and that was it."
Bingham is shuttling the sculpture around the city of Logan before it goes on display in Salt Lake City.
"I'm on a local board for public art and we're hoping this will be a good conversation starter about public art in the valley," Bingham said.
The cow is life-size and has a jet pack -- complete with flames shooting from it -- on the animal's back. It will be perched on a 15-foot pole when it goes on display in front of the downtown Salt Lake City theater.
"Most people will walk by and go, 'Oh look, a flying cow,'" he said. "They won't realize the thousands of hours it took to make this cow fly."