A bit of History
CowParade is the largest and most successful public art event in the world. CowParade events have been staged in 79 cities worldwide since 1999 including Chicago (1999), New York City (2000), London (2002), Tokyo (2003), and Brussels (2003). Dublin (2003), Prague (2004), and Stockholm (2004), Mexico City (2005), Sao Paulo (2005), Buenos Aires (2006), Boston (2006) Paris (2006), Milan (2007, Istanbul (2007), Taipei (2009), Rio (2011), North Carolina (2013), Hong Kong (2013), Hartford (2014), Detroit (2104), Cartagena (2015).
- It is estimated that over 250 million people around the world have seen these famous cows.
- Over £20 million have been raised through worldwide charitable organisations through the auction of the cows, which take place at the conclusion of each event.
- Over 10,000 artists worldwide have participated in CowParade – professional and amateur, famous and emerging, young and old.
- Over 5,000 cows have been created!
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This is a popular question. Simply, the cow is a universally beloved animal. The cow represents different things to different people around the world-she’s sacred, she’s historical, she connects us to our past-but the common feeling is one of affection. There is something magical about the cow that transcends throughout the world. She simply makes everyone smile.
As an art canvas, there is no other animal or object that provides the form, flexibility, and contiguous breadth of a cow. The three shapes (standing, grazing, reclining) provide artists with subtle, yet interesting angles and curves to create unique works of art. The basic cow form is also benign so that it can be altered, transformed, and morphed into completely other animals, people or objects. Incredibly, over 2500 hundred Cows have been created worldwide, but no two are alike.
Who Are The Artists?
The cows are painted by local artists from the amateur and unknown to the professional and famous. The artists are notified of the event through an “Open Call to Artists” process. This process consists of a targeted mailing to top artists, newspapers and television ads, and through cooperation with local arts organizations. The event maintains a portfolio of the design submissions from which event sponsors select.
Below are some famous artists and people who have painted or created cow –
Noted Artists Who Have Created Cows
Architects Who Have Created Cows
Robert Stern (New York)
Lord Richard Rogers (London)
Lord Norman Foster (London)
Professor William Allsop (London)
Designers and Celebrity Artists Who Have Created cows
Michael Graves (Designer, New York)
Kate Spade (Fashion Designer, Kansas City))
Vivienne Westwood (Fashion Designer, London)
Matthew Williamson (Fashion Desinger, London)
Ronnie Wood (Musician, Rolling Stones, London)
John Rocha (Designer, Dublin)
Radiohead (Rock Band, Dublin)
David Lynch (Movie Director, New York)
Federico Castelluccio (Actor, West Orange, NJ)
Vaclav Havel (former president of Czech Republic, Prague)
Marcel Wanders (Designer, Milan)
Karim Rashid (Designer, Milan)
Elio Fiorucci (Designer, Milan)
Christian Lacroix (Fashion Designer, Paris)
Both large and small companies and individuals from the host city sponsor cows or “herds” of cows.
CowParade Benefits Charitable Organisations
CowParade events have raised over £20 million for non-profit organisations worldwide since 1999. The CowParade auctions are conducted like traditional art auctions with live bidding.
Below are some charitable organizations that have benefited from Cowparade and some famous cow purchasers –
Childline (CowParade London)
Texas Children’s Hospital (CowParade Houston)
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CowParade West Hartford)
Manchester Kids (CowParade Manchester)
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (CowParade Harrisburg)
Instituto Leloir (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Special Olympics (Bucharest)
University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital
Save the Children (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
Jack and Jill’s Children Foundation (Dublin, Ireland)
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Hartford, Ct)
Champions for Children (Milan, Italy)
Manchester Kids (Manchester, UK)
BRIS (Stockholm, Sweden)
Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (Monegasque Association Against Muscular Dystrophy)(Monaco)
Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC)(South Africa)
Cow Purchasers and Owners
Princess Firyal of Jordan