Artist Matthew Mahler stands beside the Cow Store cow, which he is in the process of restoring. The fiberglass cow, an officially designated historic landmark, stands atop the Taqueria La Vaquita at 2700 Chapel Hill Road.
Originally advertising a drive-up convenience store, the cow has been in place since 1963 and had begun to show its age. Neighbor Mary Wible began a campaign earlier this year to have it restored and by late November had raised enough money to contract with Mahler to do the job.
Mahler is being paid $1,175 for his labor and supplies. Restoration involves sanding away peeling paint, patching holes with new fiberglass, repainting the cow and applying three coats of weather-resistant varnish.
Photo courtesy Mary Wible