Blue Suede Hooves
  Julie Wells
  Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbinson & Lewis Law Firm

Artist's Description

This design is inspired both by America's undying fascination with pop culture and also by the undying spirit of the buffalo and urgency to conserve nature. Hardly an American out there wouldn't recognize the essence of one of pop culture's most beloved icons: Elvis. It is my intent to capture the attention of passersby with the familiarity of the costume, and also to provoke empathy, thought and support toward the cause of buffalo preservation through the use of the piece's realistic face, chest and tail. His costume, a merging of real and imagined outfits, is the white,
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intricately rhinestone studded jumpsuit we so know and love. It has been mostly be painted on, except for the hair, bellbottoms and collar, which I stuck somewhat off the piece. The entire work would sparkles from the sequin and rhinestone studded collar all the way down to the blue suede hooves, and to me, this illustrates the light-hearted good sense of humor we know as Oklahomans.

Spirit of the Buffalo originated as a public art project combining art, commerce and civic pride in Oklahoma featuring Oklahoma artists. Initial proceeds benefited the Nature Conservancy's work in Oklahoma. The website project continues through private funds.