[blue, City of Culture, children, community, cow card, cow parade, cows, Derry, Ebrington, Hugin, Ilex, Londonderry, NI. panorama, peace bridge, pedestrian, postcard, public art, Sky out, stereographic, sculpture, statues trees, Waterside, two features, >500 >1,000 views, World Wide Panorama ]Camera: Canon EOS 5d Mk ii | Lens: 16mm Zenitar Fisheye lens.
The source images for this panorama were shot on a Canon 5d MK ii with a 16mm Zenitar Fisheye lens and blended and stitched using Hugin and Enblend. (see Method for details)
In 2013 Derry will be the first city to be designated as UK City of Culture for the year. A programme of events is being planned. The banner across the white ex-barracks building declaring “Let it be LegenDerry” is a reference to those events.
Ebrington Square, Derry was formerly the parade ground of Ebrington Army Barracks. So it makes an appropriate venue for this “Cow Parade”.
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.
Under the guidance of Ilex (the local Urban Regeneration Company) the parade ground has been transformed into a public open space. Gradually the buildings around it are being renovated and finding new uses.
One of the cows in this panorama – the one with the little girl climbing on it – was created by St Columb’s Cathedral Youth Club. Its theme is “shared history”. They painted it under the guidance of artist Bridget Murray. I also cropped out a rectangular panorama& of about 180° highlighting this one and the the little girl climbing on it.
The other cow – with its back to us is called “Clover Patch” and was created by North West Quilters’ Guild and artist Sean O’Donnell. Its theme is industrial heritage – remembering Derry’s garment industry.
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.
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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.