The appearance of some big cats in front of Grayson County Middle School has had area residents scratching their heads this week.
The large, cement tigers and leopard will soon be getting a “cougar make-over” as a nod to the school’s mascot, according to School Board Chairwoman Carolyn Thomason.
A project for the upcoming Cougar Zone summer activities at the middle school, the felines will be strategically sanded to make them more cougar-esque before being custom-painted by art students under the supervision of art teacher Stephanie Brey. The final products will be available to the public for purchase.
Individuals, groups and businesses can have their own custom mascot in one of three sizes. The large ones, as seen outside of the school, can be purchased for $500 each, which will cover the costs involved but will not yield a profit, according to Cougar Zone organizer Melanie Manion.
Medium-sized cougars will be sold for $100 a piece, and small ones may be purchased for $50.
Thomason said that the idea is somewhat similar to that of Louisville’s Gallopalooza project, which includes custom-painted horses around the city. The local, cougar-inspired version has been dubbed “Growlapalooza.”
Students will begin work on the cougar statues on June 4.
Anyone interested in purchasing a custom cougar can contact Brey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.