Douglas, Wyoming is nicknamed the "Jackalope City” and a statue of the fictitious creature stands at the heart of downtown in Jackalope Square. Travelers frequently visit the community to be photographed with the jackalope statue. The original jackalope was created by local taxidermists, the Herrick Brothers, when they mounted deer antlers onto a jackrabbit. That original creation is on display at the Wyoming Pioneer Museum in Douglas (image attached).
For marketing, advertising and event purposes, we are seeking a jackalope mascot for the Douglas community. Unlike most mascots, ours will represent the community and not a sports team. The artwork will be utilized in association with Douglas’ mention as the jackalope city, in promoting the annual Jackalope Days festivities and beyond. The artwork may serve as inspiration for a new jackalope costume to enable the creature to appear at local gatherings and in parades and more. An image of the current costume is in the attachments.
The Jackalope should be family-friendly and approachable. We do envision the creature being adventurous, visiting the sites in the area and partaking in outdoor activities.
There is also talk of using the jackalope artwork to create a book featuring the animal’s travels across the area. Final artwork should be high resolution and feature only the jackalope on a transparent background. Whether or not the character is running, standing, jumping, etc. is up to the artist, but the artwork should be created knowing that additional poses may be requested at a later date.