Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lisbon CowParade

I've said recently that i love cows. I don't know if Paula read that or if someone told her but i've received this card from her yesterday.
These are just a few of the 101 cows that invaded Lisbon back in 2006. The cows were part of the CowParade, an international public art exhibit that has been featured in major world cities.
 Fiberglass sculptures of cows are decorated by local artists, and distributed over the city centre, in public places such as train stations, important avenues, and parks. They often feature artwork and designs specific to local culture, as well as city life and other relevant themes. After the exhibition in the city, which lasts many months, the cows are auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity.

Design & photo by Susi
There are a few variations of shape, but the three most common shapes of cow were created by Pascal Knapp, a Swiss-born sculptor who was commissioned to create the cows specifically for the CowParade series of events. Pascal Knapp owns the copyrights to the standing, lying and grazing cow shapes used in the CowParade events.
The concept of "cow parade" has its origins in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1998[1] by artistic director Walter Knapp, it is based on an idea which was realised in the same city for the first time in 1986: Lions as the symbol of Zurich were painted and then on display throughout the city. - in: wikipedia

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