The City of Palmdale’s Public Art Program and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) are collaborating on the next iteration of Antelopes Parade, which celebrates the richness of the Antelope Valley region by inviting local artists to create original artworks on fiberglass pronghorn antelope sculptures. This year’s selection committee will select eight designs (four for the City of Palmdale and four for the City of Lancaster) to be produced by local artists and put on display throughout the two cities at locations to be determined. Completed antelope sculptures will make their debut on Saturday, October 3 at Kaleidoscope, Palmdale’s Art and Music Festival.
The project is based on the 1999 City of Chicago Cows on Parade public art initiative. A concept originally conceived by Beat Seeberger-Quin of Switzerland during the summer of 1998 begat a worldwide model whereby cities host parades of animals, fruits, objects, symbols – whatever represents them best as a community. The colorful antelopes symbolize the history and heritage of the valley region through the imagination and creative talents of local artists and is a great opportunity to play to our namesake while providing a platform to learn more about the pronghorn.