Cow Parade - diaspora by George Row

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  1. 14 th February 2015 Awarded its third feature in the group Delightful Duvets
  1. 7 th February 2015 View Count reached 2,005
      Camera: Canon EOS 5d Mk ii   |   Lens: 16mm Zenitar Fisheye lens.


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.

History of this Image on Redbubble

  1. 13 th November 2013 View Count reached 1,002
  2. 29th January 2013 Achieved its second feature, this time in the group Artists Universe
  1. 19th January 2013 view count reached 532
  2. 16th October 2012 view count reached 350
  1. 27th Aug 2012 Featured for the first time in the group Dada Land
  1. 26th Aug 2012 view count reached 100
  2. 14th Aug 2012 Uploaded to RedBubble
  3. 13th Aug 2012 The source-images were blended together to create this one.
  4. 10th Aug 2012 Source Images shot in Ebrington Square


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.


  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 2 years ago

    I love cows, George, and these at Ebrington are my official favourite bovines. Great capture, I love how the positioning of the cow. x

  • Agnes,
    Thank you. Yea I had a great time over in Ebrington when the sun came out! To shoot this panorama I had the tripod mounted on the cows back, to get the horizontal shots, and to get the cow herself I had the closed tripod at arms length above it.

    – George Row

  • jesika
    jesikaover 2 years ago

    Great fun to view and a very interesting read

  • Jesika,
    Thank you … Oh I see you have a bridge in your home town a bit like our new footbridge – that leads to where this photograph was taken.

    – George Row

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Always a pleasure George.

    Click the banner to take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • Derek – thank you!

    – George Row

  • jesika
    jesikaover 2 years ago

    Yes, George, ours is the Millennium Bridge, for foot and cycle traffic. It’s hideous, completely out of keeping with the city and the handsome stone bridges, but very photogenic in its ugliness.

  • Jesika,
    Most people think our footbridge is elegant … though I have heard some criticism of its esthetics. The most remarkable thing about it has been the effect that it has had on health and fitness locally. It connects Derry’s city centre with the best park in town. Consequently it has got loads of people taking gentle exercise. Had the city been given £15m for a health project I don’t think anyone would have suggested spending it on a footbridge, but undoubtedly through the number of heart attacks avoided and pounds shed it has saved the health-service that much already.

    – George Row

  • Thea T
    Thea Tover 2 years ago

  • Thea,
    Thanks for featuring this Cow Parade panorama in your group

    – George Row

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    JANUARY 28th, 2013
    ►See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • Mary,
    Thank you for featuring this panorama.

    – George Row

  • MoreKeala
    MoreKealaabout 1 month ago

    This is excellent worK!

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonabout 1 month ago

  • Nadya, Thanks for the welcome.

    – George Row

  • MoreKeala
    MoreKealaabout 1 month ago

    Featured 2/14/15

  • Leigh, Thank you for featuring this photograph in your group!

    – George Row

  • Marie Van Schie
    Marie Van Schieabout 1 month ago

    Wonderful! I love your panoramas, and the cow is great! :-)

  • Marie,
    Thank you! If you like the panoramas you will probably enjoy the ones with full screen Virtual Reality versions. Look for the link on any of those that says that there is a full screen VR version

    – George Row

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