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Amelia Air Cow - with passenger

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

[Amelia Earhart, Ballyarnott, Billy McGreaner, City of Culture, community arts, cow card, cow parade, cows, Dearbhaile Heaney, Derry, Ebrington, EOS 5d mk ii, flight, Ilex, iPhone cover, iPad cover, NI, pedestrian, postcard, public art, red, Shantallow, sculpture, statues, stereographic, surfing, telephoto, tote bag, throw pillows, Waterside, Winners, >200 >500 >1,000 >2,000 views, one features]

  1. 5 th February 2015 View Count reached 2,005
  1. 21st July 2014 won the People Caught Doing Silly Things challenge in the Tuesday Afternoon group.
  1. 26 th June 2013 Achieved its first feature in the group Sculpture
    Camera: Canon EOS 5 d Mk ii   ||   Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM (at 70mm)

This painted cow is part of Derry’s Cow Parade in Ebrington Square, Derry.
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 Greater Shantallow Community Arts who named it Amelia. It was inspired by aviator Amelia Earhart who landed in Derry 80 years ago. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic when her bright red plane touched down at Ballyarnott, in Derry, in May 1932.
The artists involved were Dearbhaile Heaney and Billy McGreaner.
It is carrying an unscheduled passenger – David Connolly – who reckons that he may have just invented the sport of Cow Surfing! This was very much a “grab shot” I was shooting a panorama on the level above when I spotted David and grabbed a different camera to catch a shot of his cow surfing.
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.
h2. History of this Image on Redbubble

  1. 5 th February 2015 View Count reached 2,005
  2. 21st July 2014 won the People Caught Doing Silly Things challenge in the Tuesday Afternoon group
  3. 20 th January 2014 View Count reached 1,001
  4. 26 th June 2013 Achieved its first feature in the group Sculpture
  5. 28 th April 2013 View Count reached 508
  6. 16th November 2012 View Count reached 209
  7. 12th November 2012 won the The Unusual challenge in the Full-frame group
  8. 25th October 2012 View Count reached 100
  1. 11th October 2012 Uploaded to RedBubble
  2. 4th August 2012 Source Images shot in Ebrington Square
    h2. Photographic Details
    Camera: EOS 5 d Mk ii    Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM (at 70mm)    Exposure: f/18, 1/40, ISO 250    Post Production Processing: Minimal cropping etc in Apple Aperture

  Camera: EOS 5 d Mk ii   ||   Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM (at 70mm)

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