You might have seen some udderly unique cows on your travels around Surrey recently and if you wondered what these a-moo-sing creatures are – well it’s the public art event CowParade Surrey! And Shooting Star Chase has had a hand (or hoof) in the extravaganza.
CowParade is the world’s largest public art event and it’s now hit the hills, farms, towns, schools and popular landmarks across Surrey. Dozens of fibreglass cows have been decorated and are now grazing in various locations across the county, before being auctioned later in the year. Our supporters LC Energy, Cracknore Kilbride, Strata Tiles and Scott Brownrigg sponsored life-sized cows and chose Shooting Star Chase to benefit from the proceeds.
In September the cows will be herded back to Surrey Hills CowParade HQ at Coverwood Farm, Peaslake in the heart of the Surrey Hill where, at the inaugural Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm, all the cows will be exhibited together in one place and judged. Most of the cows will then be auctioned at a principal auction whilst, the cows judged to be the top 20 ‘Champions’, will bypass this auction and go to a Gala event in London to make even more money.
LC Energy gave Shooting Star Chase the honour of naming and decorating a cow – and the children, siblings, parents and staff at Christopher’s, our Guildford-based hospice, gave their new arrival the name ‘Camelia’ and started on her special makeover.
In keeping with The Friendlies, the staff and families painted Camelia with fingerprints, hand prints and footprints, and she was given the face of a Jersey cow as a nod to Christopher’s links with Loseley Park, who housed a herd of Jersey cows. Camelia made her way to the Surrey County Show and is living on the roundabout near Christopher’s in Artington. Our Activities Coordinator ran the whole project – didn’t she do a grand job!
Our second cow, Aflie, is sponsored by Cracknore Kilbride and is named after the Chairman’s grandson. Alfie has been decorated by local artist Helen Pittick in the theme of the nursery rhyme ‘Hey diddle diddle’ and he lives outside Shooting Star House, our Hampton-based hospice.
Shooting Star Chase’s third and final cow, Heritage Cow, is sponsored by Strata Tiles and Scott Brownrigg. Artists Emily Marshall and Anna Whittle painted her with a map of Surrey overlaid with drawings of key historical and heritage parts of Surrey, including Christopher’s in Guildford, and the cow is sat on a cobbled plinth. This cow has been put out to graze in Stoke Park in Guildford.
Members of the public can download an app to locate all the CowParade Surrey cows, and the person who ‘collects’ the most cows on the app will win a holiday to Mauritius.
Check out our Facebook album for more photos of Alfie, Camelia and Heritage, and to see their glorious artwork!