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This painted cow is part of Derry’s “Cow Parade” in Ebrington Square, Derry. Ebrington Square was formerly Ebrington Army Barracks. Under the guidance of Ilex (the local Urban Regeneration Company) it has been transformed into a public open space. Gradually the buildings around it are being renovated and finding new uses.
Each of the cows in the parade was painted by a different artist. Each artist was paired with a community group and worked with them to identify a theme.
This one was created by Maydown Seniors Group who named it Ermintrude. Its theme is “The Irish diaspora”. It was painted by Dr Andrea Redmond. On each side is a map of the world on which is marked many places called “Derry” or “Londonderry”. There seems to be at least one on every continent.
It is also the first cow in my close-up of of Three Cows on Parade.
The Cow Parade is said to be the largest participative art project in the world. Having been seen by 300m people world wide it certainly has a claim to that title! In fact there are many cow parades. The organisers provide plain white fiberglass cows – mostly in three characteristic stances – and artists and community groups in a local area come together to decorate their cow in a way that highlights a locally relevant theme.
There are twelve, or more of these cows in Ebrington Square and a few others scattered around Derry.
This high dynamic range (HDR) panorama was created from 27 separate images. The source images were shot on a Canon EOS 5d Mk ii, with a 16mm Zenitar Fisheye lens. These were stitched and blended together using Hugin, which in turn invoked Nona, Enblend and Enfuse combine the images and achieve the HDR effect.