The Worlds largest art event is current unfolding in Surrey. Dozens of brightly-coloured cows are starting to decorate the hills, farms, towns, schools and popular landmarks across the county, building up to the main exhibition in July and August. The aim is to share the beauty of the Surrey Hills and provide a massive boost to local businesses and community projects.
What’s it all about?
Individuals, companies and schools are sponsoring life-sized cows which they are decorating themselves or with the help of an artist. The cows are being displayed around the county until the end of August, when they will be herded back to Surrey Hills CowParade HQ at Coverwood Farm, Peaslake in the heart of the Surrey Hills. On the 3rd September, at the inaugural Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm, all the cows will be exhibited together in one place and judged.
Cow sponsors choose their own charity and the net proceeds of the auction will be split between that and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, a charity established to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, leaving a legacy for generations to come. The fund supports local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape.
Out and About, looking for local Cows....
At Figura, we've been having a fun time 'cow spotting', we are very lucky to have so many being displayed in the local area.
There is an amazing variety of locations, including shopping centres, treks out along muddy foot paths, galleries, roundabouts and that is only the few we have spotted so far.
The inspiration that the artists have used to create these wonderful exhibits got us thinking about design. Some are fun, evocative or eccentric others are meaningful or have historical significance.
Whatever the inspiration they all started with a blank canvas, just like the most rewarding kitchens and interior design projects. There is a brief to fulfill, the surroundings need to be carefully considered, there is a focus on unique features and showcasing the outstanding elements of design to offer intrigue and delight....and of course producing a winning design at the end, that really wows.
As a design company we love this exhibition and the ethos behind it.....hopefully next year will will have our own cow!
Mahana Mooo is our favourite so far. She has the best location, perched on top of the hill as you come out of the woods on the footpath behind the Harrow Inn in Compton. She boasts beautiful bright colours and glamorous pink horns. The toadstool and bee details are charming. Created by Claire Vorstman and Sponsored by Van Arnhem Nursery in Godalming.
Ermincloud is sponsored by Fordway, who provide IT infrastructure and cloud services; they teamed up with local interior designer, Lisa Sutcliffe to create a cow that will represent their business in art form. The cow is housed in a lofty position, outside Fordway’s offices in Godalming and looks beautiful up in the sky with the other clouds! Ermincloud will help to raise funds for Eikon, a charity who offer long term support to vulnerable young people.
Created by James Nairne and Mark Weighton for Cranleigh School Art Department.
Moolissa is a fashion icon in this wonderful outfit; her eclectic mix of prints and great use of colour, means she won’t go unnoticed. Created by Shannon Morris, the students of Farnborough College and Thomas Duncan Bell. The Friary Centre have sponsored Moolissa to raise money for Oakleaf Charity, supporting those who suffer with severe mental health conditions.
Spotted at Pirbright Scarecrow Festival last weekend. This cow has a busy diary! Travelling to different sites with the Mayor of Guildford, Gordon Jackson to raise money for his chosen charities. Created by Poppy Porter, abstract artist and jeweler, this work of art is inspired by the structure of the neuron. Our brains generate ideas, which by sharing can spark thoughts in others and perpetuate creative development.
Despite already saying that so far Mahana Mooo was our favourite, we really love this one. So expertly detailed and finished it could really be bone china. Created by Judith Elsinghorst-Kratz, located at Field Place Farm, Compton.
Pilgrim wonderfully embodies the spirit of English, Victorian Painter, G.F Watts. Watts once said, “I paint ideas, not things”. He would be proud of this fantastic collaboration of concepts from Becci Kenning – Visual Artist and Art students of Kings College, Guildford. They worked closely with Watts Gallery Artists’ Village, where Pilgrim will proudly stand throughout the Summer. Design features reflect paintings, drawings and areas around the village. A lot of care and attention went into encapsulating the true essence of this beautiful site and all that Watts stood for.
We've left Sacred Cow until last as he is a bit spooky, especially with those grey clouds looming overhead. Those eyes really do seem to be staring at you and the enormous horns are very alarming. Created by Peter Haslam-Fox, he is located at Field Place Farm in Compton in a field full of real cows.....so watch out!