When a couple of whimsical artists moved into a quiet White Rock area neighborhood, extraordinary things followed.
Lake Highlands native Preston Pannek and his partner Adrienne Creasey, together known as The House of Pannek, purchased a place in Forest Hills, and Moouis Vuitton — a life-sized bovine featuring the recognizable Louis Vuitton rainbow pattern, a zipper and purse handles — took up a prominent place on their front lawn.
Like fashion designer Louis Vuitton, The House of Pannek — painters and sculptors described in promos as creators of lighthearted abstract and geometrical pop culture mashups — turned a cow into a high-end handbag.
In this case, no animals were harmed, and the Moouises’ (there are five sculptures) price tag is $50,000 apiece. Pannek has sold two, he says, and he’s negotiating with a local establishment regarding a third. The entrepreneurial couple is considering donating one if they find a just-right foundation.
Over the summer, the Moouis on Barbaree Boulevard became a tourist attraction, which has been fun, Pannek says.
“What usually happens — a vehicle comes slowly rolling down the street, then they turn around, come to a stop in front of the house. Then the windows come down and the cameras and phones come out,” he says. “We will be sitting on the deck some evenings and hear someone yell, ‘We love your cow!’ It’s a good time. We’re super happy everybody’s enjoying it.”