Nellie the Sky Queen

Nellie the Sky Queen

Artist – David Graham

Design Description

The cow print wings acknowledge the impact that aviation had on the transportation of animals on an international scale. On 18th February 1930, the maiden flight with an animal aboard an aircraft saw a cow called Nellie Jay take to the skies. Nellie was milked in the air and was renamed the Sky Queen. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying cow!!!!!!

Artist Statement

I am Head of Creative Arts in an all girls’ school in Liverpool but continue to work as a freelance artist/graphic designer working with a wide range of 2D and 3D media. My work includes photography, collaborative community projects including mosaics, public murals and graffiti knitting. In 2009, I staged an exhibition of his pupils’ artwork on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley’s One and Other’ project. More recently, my designs have appeared in Wild In Art sculpture trails in Birmingham’s ‘The Big Hoot’ and Salisbury’s ‘The Baron’s Charter.’