Play Trail - Asperations Cow, Ebrington

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

[aspirations. children, City of Culture, community, cow card, cow parade, Clothing, cows, Derry, duvet, Ebrington, EOS 5d mk ii, future, Ilex, iPad cover, iPhone cover, Laptop cover, leggings, mugs, NI, pedestrian, play trail, postcard, public art, sculpture, statues, throw pillows, tote bag, Yellow, >500 >1,000 >2,000 >3,000 >4,000 >5,000 >6,000 >7,000 >8,000 views, Five features, Winner]

  1. 18th April 2015 View Count reached 8,000
  1. 25 th March 2015 Awarded its fifth feature in the group Mugs World
  1. 7 th May 2014 Was joint Winner of the challenge for “Bold and Bright Colours” in the group Sculpture

    Camera: EOS 5d Mkii   | Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM   | Exposure: f/10,1/100,ISO 250

This painted cow is part of Derry’s Cow Parade in Ebrington Square, Derry.

This cow was 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. They also created another cow on the theme of “the past” … look out for links to photographs of that one … coming soon!

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.

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.


This is a close-up of one of the cows that appeared in a panorama here, taken at knee height. There is another panorama shot at eye level of the same two cows here.


History of this Image on Redbubble

  1. 18th April 2015 View Count reached 8,000
  2. 25 th March 2015 Awarded its fifth feature in the group Mugs World
  3. 20 th March 2015 View Count reached 7,000
  4. 14 th February 2015 View Count has reached 6,025
  5. 7 th August 2014 Achieved its fourth feature in the group Whatever Totes Your Boat
  6. 5 th August 2014* View Count reached 2,005
  7. 8 th May 2014 Achieved its third feature in the group Old Farts of Redbubble
  8. 7 th May 2014 Was joint Winner of the challenge for “Bold and Bright Colours” in the group Sculpture
  1. 7 May 2014 Achieved its second feature in the group Sculpture
  2. 8 th May 2013 View Count reached 1,000
  3. 14th October 2012 View Count reached 507 views
  4. 17th September 2012 View Count reached 200
  5. 3rd September 2012 Featured in the RedBubble group Statues and Such
  6. 24th Aug 2012 Uploaded to RedBubble
  7. 4th Aug 2012 Source Images shot in Ebrington Square

Photographic Details

    Camera: EOS 5 d Mk ii    Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM (at 70mm)    Exposure: f/10, 1/100, ISO 250    Post Production Processing: Minimal cropping etc in Apple Aperture

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