Have you “herd” about the CowParade?
Kind of an odd question, but if you’ve been out and about in the Triangle you may have noticed or “herd” the moos of beautifully decorated cows around town.
Since the CowParade Round-Up kick-off event in August, 80 life-sized, whimsically painted cows have been dotting the landscape in the Triangle.
The 8′ long 5′ high fiber glass bovine canvases were transformed by local artists and put on display in what is a veritable free outdoor art museum.
The CowParade concept began in Zürich, Switzerland in 1998 and has since become the “largest, most successful public art event in the world, with exhibits held in 75 cities in 30 countries on six continents to date.”
CowParade North Carolina 2012 is presented by Wells Fargo for the benefit of North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
In June of 2011 a call went out to local artists requesting design submissions for these unusual 3-dimensional canvases. Once designs were selected and artists paired with sponsors they went to work creating “udderly” amazing pieces of art.
You may have seen some of these creations grazing in high-traffic areas or out-lying pastures such as Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, North Hills, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus or the American Tobacco Campus and Golden Belt in Durham.
Each cow has its own style and personality and as the website states, “there’s no better way to experience these “moo-sterpieces” than up close and personal by visiting them on location.”
Maps are available on the CowParade website and Facebook page. However, you can take a more high-tech approach to locating the cows. The Triangle is the first location offering a free app to help find the cows.
Speaking of locating the cows, CowParade estimates up to 500,000 will visit by the end of the event. According to Danielle Bates, Communications Director for North Carolina Children’s Hospital, she’s been contacted by people from around the country inquiring about visiting the Triangle to see CowParade North Carolina.
As she says, “it’s a very interactive art experience – an event that speaks for itself, spans all age groups and is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”
The CowParade hasn’t been completely uneventful for the cows. Some unfortunate, cow-ardly vandalism sent a couple cows to the “vet.” Nonetheless the over all experience has been a positive one.
As Bates notes, “CowParade is bringing art to an audience that might not ordinarily be attracted while raising money for a great cause.”
If you haven’t had the joy of visiting the cows it’s not too late.
CowParade continues until December 7th. After that the cows go into storage until February 2, 2013 when they will be auctioned off at the Battle for the Cattle gala at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Proceeds of the auction will benefit North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
If you plan on getting outside and “moo-ving” around the Triangle this weekend CowParade North Carolina 2012 is entering its final month. There’s still time to see the world’s largest public art event.