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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.