Harold F. Clayton

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Harold F. Clayton
Harold Fooshee Clayton

(1954-05-09)May 9, 1954
DiedMay 26, 2015(2015-05-26) (aged 61)
Known forsculpture, stone carving
Notable work
marble cows

Harold Fooshee Clayton (May 9, 1954 – May 26, 2015) was a noted sculptor and stone-carver, best known for several sets of life-size sculptures of cows on display at various public sites in Texas.

Two of the five Clayton cows at the Arboretum in Austin, Texas

Initially interested in painting, Clayton studied art at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts and the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, graduating cum laude with a BFA in 1977. He moved to stone as a medium, and spent the years from 1982 to 1987 in Pietrasanta, Italy, studying carving in the studio of Sem Ghelardini.[1]

While still in Italy, Clayton accepted a commission for four sets of five marble cows from for the Trammell Crow Company, a large Dallas real estate development concern. Three of the sets now stand in Texas at the Arboretum at Great Hills in Austin, at Las Colinas in Irving, and at Trinity Lake Park in Dallas. The fourth set is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A sculpture of a half completed cow, emerging from stone, sits in the front yard of Clayton's former home in Dallas.[2]

The cows at these sites stand where live cows actually grazed in the recent past. In fact, the models for the sculptures were made in 1980 from cows standing on the hill where the Las Colinas cows now appear to graze. Each cow required four tons of marble.[3] The cows at the Arboretum site are much loved by children.

Clayton maintained a workshop in Dallas and was a member of the Stone Carvers Guild. He died of lung cancer in 2015.[4]

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  1. ^ "Stone Carvers Guild - Member: Harold F. Clayton". Archived from the original on 2006-11-18.
  2. ^ "Cow sculpture at 5300 Richard Ave in Dallas". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. ^ "A Tour of Outdoor Sculptures and Public Art" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-06-27.
  4. ^ Dallas artist Harold Fooshee Clayton dies at 61. The Dallas Morning News, 28 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-29.