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Cows and art? Yep, it’s a thing. And it’s called CowParade. CowParade is like 4-H for the art scene. Instead of live cows sold at auction, you can buy a fiberglass cow decorated by a famous artist, celebrity, or designer. All proceeds go to charity. You get a unique creation and a non-profit gets extra funds. A win all around. You can see these unique creations on the “Cow Trails” in San Luis Obispo through May 2017.
Hosted in 79 cities around the world, the CowParade is considered “the largest and most successful public art event in the world.”
Life-sized fiberglass cows in three shapes (grazing, reclining, and standing) are decorated and displayed in various locations in the host city. The cows are sold at auction to raise money for charity. 2,500 cows have been created by artists, designers, and celebrities such as Kate Spade, Peter Max, Ronnie Wood, James Rizzi, Man One, and Radiohead.
Fun fact: A mosaic cow, Wage Moo, sold for $146,00 in 2003.
San Luis Obispo hosted CowParade SLO at the Madonna Inn where Los Angeles based graffiti artist Man One live painted a cow alongside his biggest fan, local young artist Dylan Ehmke on September 17, 2016.
I was in San Luis Obispo that weekend and CowParade SLO was a rare sight to see. The creativity that went into designing each udderly unique cow was so mooving. It gave me a butter appreciation and brand new perspective on art. 🙂
Here are a few of the cows that stood out among the herd:
Complete with a grate, Marilyn Moonroe was a crowd pleaser.
Steam Punk Bessie
Dia de los Moouertos
CowParade San Luis Obispo Cow Trails
Missed CowParade SLO? You can see the cows on display throughout San Luis Obispo County through May 2017.
The San Luis Obispo Visitor Center is located at 895 Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday to Wednesday. And 10 am to 7 pm, Thursday to Saturday.
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