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Two Cows on Parade - Ebrington Square, Derry by George Row

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  1. 15 th June 2014 View Count reached exactly 2,000

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 to combine the images and achieve the HDR effect.

These painted cows are part of Derry’s Cow Parade in Ebrington Square, Derry.

One of the cows in this panorama was created by Something Special a music and arts education centre for adults with learning disabilities. They named it Moolinton. Its theme is “our musical heritage”. They painted it under the guidance of artist Rory Harron. It depicts a scene of Derry’s City walls, incorporating into the stone work the names of the musical heroes of the members of Something Special. The heroes are a diverse group which included: The Undertones, Paul Brady, Snow Patrol and even The Ulster Orchestra!

The other is, one of two, created by the Pennyburn Play Trail under the guidance of artists John and Trisha Deery. Its theme is “The future” and amid its bright colours are scenes and slogans representing the aspirations of the children from the Play Trail.

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. You can see Derry City centre in the distance across the river.

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.

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.

You may think that this looks a lot like another photograph here. This one was taken about a week earlier and with the tripod set at eye-level. Whereas the other one was taken at knee height.

History of this Image on Redbubble

  1. 15 th June 2014 View Count reached exactly 2,000
  1. 7 th April 2013 View Count reached 1,000
  1. 13th October 2012 view count reached 500
  2. 29th September 2012 View count reached 340
  3. 26th *Aug 2012 Was Featured for the first time by a RedBubble group. This time by the group Sculpture
  1. 26th *Aug 2012 View count reached 104
  1. 17th Aug 2012 Uploaded to RedBubble
  2. 16th Aug 2012 The source-images were blended together to create this one.
  3. 4th 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 to combine the images and achieve the HDR effect.


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  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 2 years ago

    Hi there is a group specifically for cows on parade … also accepted are buskers, living statues and similar.

  • Joanne,
    Oh Thank you!

    I am feeling dopey on two counts:
    a) when I see your username I always think “now that’s someone I should know” … but I never think of you! There is something about that name that conjures up an image of a middle-aged man in a suit … with a waist-coat and a pocket watch … sorry about that!
    b) I know there are a lot of groups but it had never occurred to me that there would be one for painted-cows! In my defense it wasn’t until I started researching the subject for caption material that I realised that the Cow-Parade was a global phenomenon. When they started appearing around town I just assumed that someone around here had dreamed up the idea. Doh!

    So I have joined the group and will start submitting painted-cow pictures of various sorts! Thanks again for the info.

    – George Row

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessabout 2 years ago

    Superb, George. Fabulous colours and light. And your write ups are always so interesting. x

  • Agnes,
    Thank you – Yes it was gorgeous light on those sunny days. I had a lot of fun over there on my two afternoons in the sun shine! We need a few more afternoons like that to make up for all the rain in July!

    – George Row

  • biddumy
    biddumyalmost 2 years ago


    LOL I just read your reply a previous comment.. a group for painted cows should be great fun!

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