The Joy Of Salt Licking: Contest Turns Farm Animals Into Fine Artists
Modern art has reached new heights! Thanks to Whit Deschner, cows, sheep, and other farm animals now have the chance to hone their artistic skills on 50-pound cubes of salt, while giving back to their human caretakers. The Great Salt Lick contest, started by Deschner, is an auction of original salt pieces for Parkinson's disease research. Over the years, the contest has raked in over $30,000 in fundraiser dollars.
Kim Jacobs has just come off the range with two sculptures to enter in the contest. Her licks join about 20 others on a long table in the center of the store, each with paperwork that includes the title and species of artist. Some animals lick sculptures that look like vertebrae from prehistoric creatures, others like windswept sandstone formations you might see in canyon country.
Photo by Taki Telonidis