Saturday, July 30, 2011

Because There Simply Weren't Enough Cattle Before

CowParade is an international public art that has been featured in major world cities. Fiberglass sculptures of cows are decorated by local artists, and distributed over the citywide, 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.

CowParade is currently in Austin as of Wednesday. There are currently 47 cow installments citywide. Before the exhibit is finished, there will be 100 to 150 cows all over Austin. Beginning in October 2010, CowParade Austin held an open call for entries. The sponsors and a local committee choose the winning entries, and CowParade commissioned the artists. Each selected artist receives an honorarium of $1,000.

Just what Texas needed. More cows. Thankfully, it could always use more public art.

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