Cow Parade ”Fashion a bull (small)”
Fashion a bull (small) figurine is one of the distinguished peace of art among the Cow Parades Events, that is well known as the largest public art event in the world. Since 1998 there have been events worldwide in 80 cities. More than 10,000 artists have produced more than 5000 unique works of art.
By Abel Equipe ELA/I. Gomes
CowParade Rio de Janeiro 2007
About Cow Parade
The World’s Largest Public Art Event
CowParade is the largest and most successful public art event in the world. Moreover CowParade exhibitions have taken place in over than 80 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) and more…
- 250 million people around the world have seen one our famous cows.
- Charitable organizations have raised more than $30 million worldwide through the auction of the cows, which take place at the conclusion of each event.
- 10,000 artists worldwide have participated in CowParade – professional and amateur, famous and emerging, young and old.
- There are more than 5000 cow parade ! .
The concept of “cow parade” has its origins in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1998 by artistic director Walter Knapp. The idea was realised in the same city for the first time in 1986. The artists have painted Lions as the symbol of Zurich were and they put them on display throughout the city.
The concept came alive in the United States when Chicago businessman Peter Hanig, organized an event in Chicago in 1999 with the name of Cows on Parade.
The success of this venture inspired many other cities to host similar fundraising projects. The idea expanded to other cities which have chosen animals for public art projects with painted fiberglass sculptures.