‘CowParade’ is the largest and most successful public art event in the world and their events have been held in more than 80 cities worldwide. Blank resin cows are delivered to a chosen city and then painted by invited artists before being displayed throughout the city, in banks, train stations, galleries and a variety of public places. After a few months on display the cows are then publicly auctioned.
Over the life of this event, organised from West Hartford Connecticut, USA, these painted cows have provided more than $20M to charitable organisations worldwide and it is estimated over 100 million people have seen one of the cows.
As part of the recent (and very successful) Chichester Art Trail organised by Malcolm MacDonald and his team, Chichester hosted it’s very own ‘CowParade’ and raised funds for locally based international children’s charity, Children on the Edge.
The parade was hosted In Graingers Barn at the West Ashling home of artist and sculptor Neil Lawson Baker and his wife Grace. They displayed one of the cows from ‘Cow Parade’ which was originally displayed in London some years ago and Chichester Art Trail Visitors were invited to ‘leave their heart on Goldie Horn’ as this cow had golden horns!
Each visitor painted a heart on the cow and there was a box collecting donations for Children on the Edge. £180 was raised for Children on the Edge, helping to fund work with some of the most forgotten children, living on the edge of their societies across the globe.
Neil has four of these cows and it is hoped that they can be used to raise money for charities in and around Chichester over the coming months and years.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Neil, Grace and all the team of the Chichester Art Trail, as well as all the heart painting artists! As you can see form the photo, they did a superb job!