In the wise words of MC Hammer, “U can’t touch this.”

The oxen have been groped, painted and scribbled upon, and tipped. And there’s another thing you can’t do (and then we promise not to write about oxen for a least another week)… Please don’t put your kids on it.

Sure, they’re tempting to ride. And while the Hopewell Valley Arts Council is spreading the message about “art in the everyday,” there is a difference between interacting with art and sitting on it — could you imagine someone putting a child on a sculpture in a museum?

“While we appreciate that children are drawn to these beautiful oxen and many would like to ride them, please respect that they are works of art and encourage them to look, not touch,” Betsy Ackerman, co-President of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council board of trustees, shared with MercerMe.

MercerMe asked for your greatest poses with the oxen that involve NOT SITTING on them (a gentle touch on the nose is okay).

Here’s what you came up with and they are adora-bull:

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And here are my goofy gals:

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There are lots of fun ways to photograph the oxen and it is a chance to express your own creativity. And, for those who insist on still manhandling the oxen, I just beg, “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt Them.”

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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