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Cows About Cambridge reveal secret designs for their Spring 2020 art trail




An udderly exciting event saw the unveiling of options for the designs of 50 cow sculptures set to grace the streets of the city in a new art trail.

The Cambridge Independent is pleased to announce that it is media partner for the unique project and last night (Tuesday) joined sponsors at a private viewing to select the design for our very own cow.

More than 120 designs went on display at the Hilton hotel, shortlisted from a record 380 submissions by local and national artists.

Cambridge Cows unveiling of designs and selection , tryring to work out how to get the cows to the venue from left Nick Byrne, Wild in Art, Peter Marron, Wild in Art, and Kristian Foreman, Cambridge BID. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16816349)
Cambridge Cows unveiling of designs and selection , tryring to work out how to get the cows to the venue from left Nick Byrne, Wild in Art, Peter Marron, Wild in Art, and Kristian Foreman, Cambridge BID. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16816349)

“We’ve been astounded by the number and quality of entries sent in by artists,” said Emily Chase, art co-ordinator for Cows about Cambridge. “About 60 per cent on the shortlist are from the local region and we’re keen to cow-mission as many as possible. There’s a strong feel-good factor already surrounding this project, and we’re still six months away from going live.

Cows about Cambridge selection evening, guest work around the selection process. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16820192)
Cows about Cambridge selection evening, guest work around the selection process. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16820192)

“It also means there’s still time to become a sponsor and support your city’s creative community in this fun but impactful initiative.”

Cows about Cambridge is delivered by creative producers Wild in Art in partnership with local children’s charity Break, which will benefit when the cows are auctioned off at the end of the art trail.

Two new, space-themed Cow sculptures were unveiled yesterday.

Dinky Doors with their design on the latest cow ready for launch on Tuesday. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16590293)
Dinky Doors with their design on the latest cow ready for launch on Tuesday. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16590293)

Anonymous local street artists, Dinky Doors have created the MooMoo-o-Tron III – an armoured Cow that is helping to save the world.And Stardust, by Natalie Guy, which takes inspiration from the infinite cosmos and the stars, crossed with a mirrorball, and is covered in dazzling mirror tiles.

One of the anonymous Dinky Doors artists said: “Never in our wildest dreams did we think our little project just to make people smile would turn into something like this.

“We have only been going for a year and to be seen as artists that Cows about Cambridge want to work with is very flattering.

“We’re trying to save the world from the relentless onslaught of terrible news, not just those lucky enough to be able to afford art. So the opportunity to create a piece of public art, but at a non-dinky scale, was hard to pass up.”

Dinky Doors with their design on the latest cow ready for launch on Tuesday. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16590289)
Dinky Doors with their design on the latest cow ready for launch on Tuesday. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16590289)

Their cow is a mechanical ‘Rescue Cow’ who is here to find the Supreme Leader that fans of Dinky Doors will know is on the loose in Cambridge. It is solar powered and lights up at night.

They added: “We are used to doing things at dinky scale so this took a lot longer. We’ve been working on it solidly for weeks and even spray painted the cow outside at midnight just because there wasn’t enough time in the day.”

Cows about Cambridge selection evening, Ian Sandison rings the bell to start the selection process. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16820194)
Cows about Cambridge selection evening, Ian Sandison rings the bell to start the selection process. Picture: Keith Heppell. (16820194)

Next spring, the completed cow sculptures will form a trail of discovery across the city, encouraging residents and employees from Cambridge and the surrounding areas to explore their environment from an exciting new perspective, while promoting wellbeing and an active lifestyle, and facilitating discussions on environmental issues.

Schools and colleges will join in, by adopting and design their own ‘mini moos’, as part of a countywide learning programme.

Community groups will also have the opportunity to tell their stories by working with a regional artist to decorate their very own cow.

At the end of the project, the learning programme and community cows will find forever pastures back at the organisations that adopted them. It is hoped the corporate cows will raise more than £250,000 in aid of Break when put up for auction.

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