The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is honored to be the new home to Daisy and Wildfire. Both sculptures were generously donated by Clara Ladd in memory of her husband Ottie Ladd. Daisy, the 3,500 lb colorful cow, and Widlfire, the 1,200 lb red horse, were both installed in Playground-ish, behind the museum, on August 17, 2013. Playground-ish will be used by the museum for programs, events, and as an extension to the museum’s preschool classrooms.
Daisy was created by Israeli artist David Gerstein. Originally designed as a public art piece, Daisy was purchased by Ottie and Clara in 2007 and has lived at their ranch in Olalla, WA until recently. Gerstein’s work can be found as public art displays in countries throughout the world.
Wildfire, by artist Fredrick Prescott, has been in the Ladd collection for about a year. Wildfire is a kinetic sculpture, and his large red head bobs lightly when a breeze touches it. Wildfire also previously lived at the ranch and joins his friend Daisy as the newest, and already beloved, members of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma family.