Wednesday, March 10, 2010

a herd of purple cows

CowParade is a public art event that has been held in over 50 cities around the world including Paris, Tokyo, London and New York, and this year I was lucky enough to see many of the pieces in Margaret River WA.

Life size cow sculptures are painted and decorated by artists and set on display in various spaces, sponsored by businesses.

Margaret River is of course famous as centre of the wine producing region in South West Australia and many of the cows appear in the grounds of the winerys and other businesses in the area.

Public art considerations often include site specificity, community involvement and collaboration and somehow it's more inclusive and accessable in it's nature than it's gallery based cousin.

I bought a few bottles of wine too, funnily enough.

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