Conexion San Angelo newsroom, Jim Sánchez
Mr. Alejandro Castanon was commissioned to work on several fiberglass sheep which were unveiled at a ceremony held in the Business Resource Center 69 N. Chadbourne on Thursday, April 7, 2022.
SAN ANGELO – San Angelo was once considered the “wool capital of the world” in the 1930s. Back then the sheep industry, part of West Texas heritage played a significant part in San Angelo's history. Now 90 years later, a new breed, fiberglass sheep is making its own history and contributions to San Angelo.
“In 2007, Downtown San Angelo Inc. Promotions Committee came up with a fundraising idea for the downtown area related to our history with the sheep, while also connected to the 1957 Miss Wool Pageant,” said Monica Ramos, Downtown San Angelo, Inc. office manager.
In Ramos brief remarks, she stated that economic development occurs each time that a sheep is sponsored by the artist’ artwork commissioned for the sheep.
The artist commissioned for the work and double unveiling of sheep which took place at the Business Resource Center was Mr. Alejandro Castanon of the San Angelo Art Alliance. “It was wonderful getting everyone’s input and ideas in terms of which way to take the design to make sure it represented each side of the Business Resource Center, the COSADC, and the Small Business Development Center.”
The first fiberglass sheep unveiled by Castanon was named “Eadie C,” by the COSA Development Corporation. The second one, “Bella AS Ewe” was named by its sponsor, ASU Small Business Development Center. “Bella AS Ewe’s” was named after Angelo State University’s mascot, Bella and nine-year-old, Bella Peña.
The two new additions bring the total of fiberglass sheep to 111. For a complete guide and where the fiberglass sheep are located in San Angelo, go to: https://www.downtownsanangelo.com/sheep-gallery