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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cow Parade - Public Art Events Around the World

Cow Parade - Public Art Events Around the World
The Cow Parade is one of the largest and most successful public art events in the world. All of the cows in the parade are life-size and were painted by various artists. They are then put on display, sold or auctioned off to raise money. Individuals, groups and companies can sponsor an artist and/or artistic cow design.

According to their web site, over 250 million people worldwide have seen at least one of their artistic cows on display. I know here in south central Pennsylvania, I have seen them a few times...mainly at local tourist attractions and events.
Cow Parade - Penn State Cow Statue
The one that you see featured above is titled "Joe-Pa" who was the famous coach of the Penn State football team. The artist was Rebecca Pollard Myers and the sponsor was the Harristown Development Corporation. If you're a Penn State fan, it's a must-see in Swatara Township, Harrisburg.

What is really cool is that when you visit their web site you can read about the artists who have participated to learn more about them and the artistic cow that they created. To date, over 10,000 artists have participated and they have raised over $30 million dollars that has been donated to non-profit charities around the world.
Cow Parade Art Event - Cattle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania
The cow statue that you see above is called the "Cattle of Gettysburg" and it's located in Swatara Township, Harrisburg.  The design on this one features the Union and Confederate Army's flags. As you can see, the design covers the cow from head-to-toe. The artist was Victoria Goodhart and it was sponsored by Boyds Bear Country.
You can learn more:

* Cow Parade - Worldwide
* Cow Parade - Harrisburg Pennsylvania
* Cow Parade - Facebook
Cow Parade - Susquehanna River Bridges Cow Statue
The one that you see featured above is titled "Arches Over The River" and it features a Susquehanna River Bridges design. The artist for this one was Darlene Miller and the sponsor was Harrisburg Regional Chamber & Capital Region Economic Development Corporation. This one is located in Swatara Township, Harrisburg.

As you are traveling all around the world make sure you check out the Cow Parade to see if you can spot one! I know here in Pennsylvania, we can often spot them at local area tourist attractions. When my husband and I see them, we take photos and document their location. We then get online and research who the artist was and the sponsoring company. Hopefully one day we will have enough to start an entire album of all of our cow spottings from around the world.
Recy-Cow Artistic Cow in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

The Recy-Cow Artistic Cow Statue is part of the Cow Parade too! This particular one was spotted on Linglestown Road in Harrisburg, in front of the Just Cabinets office building. As you can see, it was decorated using recycled materials.
Cow Parade Mootivational Cow in Wormleysburg Pennsylvania

Added in 2018: We located the Mootivational Cow sitting in front of the Anchor Commercial Realty building on North Front Street in Wormleysburg. The talented artist was Joanne P. Cassaro and to-date, it's one of my husband's favorites in the Cow Parade.
Space Cow from the Cow Parade in Steelton Pennsylvania

Added in 2019. We located the Space Cow sitting in front of the Steelton Municipal Building in Steelton (Harrisburg). You can learn more about the Space Cow by visiting our separate post here on the blog. Love that outer space theme on that one!

We love checking out street art, wall murals and other unique pieces of art. Have you ever seen any of the bovines that are part of the Cow Parade? If so, where did you see one?


Dinny Dunne said...

We just acquired one of these cows from the original owner (he had two, the other being Moo-tini Bar).

We call it Moonet (rhymes with Monet) because my wife thinks it's impressionistic.

Evita said...

The Joe-PA cow in Harrisburg is missing can't find it and no one knows what happened. Does anyone know?