The original design for "Giraffee" was drawn by Griffin, age 5, of Princeton Area Library, a branch of East Central Regional Library. Griffin wrote, "It's a giraffe. It's colorful. It's happy." The sculpture is part of the East Central Regional Library's Kids Design Glass project. Funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the project started with a Summer Reading Program art contest for kids 5-10 years old. One child's drawing was chosen from each of East Central Library's fourteen branches. Sculptor Anthony Michaud-Scorza, of Cambridge, Minnesota, then turned each drawing into a kid-inspired blown-glass sculpture.