The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention is presenting “Donkeys Around Town,” a colorful herd of 57 fiberglass donkeys painted by local artists, writes Linda Stein for the Delaware County News Network.
The idea was the brainchild of former Governor and Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell, who is the Philadelphia Host Committee Chairman. He explained during the recent unveiling that the 57 donkeys represent the 50 states, six territories, and Washington D.C.
Local artists were given six days to work on their assigned donkeys at a warehouse on the Delaware River with some of them continuing to paint even through the unveiling. The artwork painted on them was suggested by delegates from each respective area, who then signed off on the artist’s final designs.
Among the artists was Sarah Ryan of Upper Darby, who had already completed the Alaskan donkey featuring a moose and snowy mountain and was still working on North Carolina’s during the unveiling.
Ryan’s work can be viewed at her website and is available at several galleries in Philadelphia, including Independence, the Art Department, Vix, and Nice things Handmade. She also has a day job as a librarian in the Children’s Library of Upper Darby.
Read more about the art from the Delaware County News Network by clicking here.