CowParade San Luis Obispo
This past weekend, a special event like no other was welcomed into the San Luis Obispo community. Over 75 cities and 200 million people worldwide have participated in CowParade, a chance for local artists and the surrounding community to display the beauty of their region. Famous cities and cultural centers like Paris, Madrid, and Rome have all presented their own CowParades. San Luis Obispo was lucky enough to host this countywide event, showcasing important regional values like art, agriculture, and ecotourism. These life-sized, 120 pound fiberglass cows will then be moved around the county to special and famous locations on October 1st to be enjoyed all year!
The official launch of CowParade San Luis Obispo was Saturday, September 17, at the Madonna Meadows. 101 cows came home to this beautiful spot to present their beautiful, unique decorations. The world’s largest and most successful public art event worldwide, the heard spent the day unveiling themselves to residents and visitors alike. During this time, world famous graffiti artist, Man One, live spray painted two cows for everyone to watch and enjoy! A local fan, 11-year-old Dylan, even got to assist Man One in his amazing process and contribute to decorating these cute cows. Watch this time lapse video of Man One and Dylan painting their cows at the event!
Live Painting at CowParade SLO LaunchAn artistic moo-vement is taking over San Luis Obispo! Watch Man One and his biggest fan Dylan Ehmke graffiti paint our cows during CowParade SLO launch event.
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Now that the launch event has been completed and the cows have roamed the Madonna Meadows, the cows will be herded to their news homes across the county! CowParade SLO’s interactive Cow Trail Map will go live beginning October 1st, showing their grazing spots for the next seven months. Amazing cows like Clarabelle the Wine Cow are the creations of amazing local and famed artists to display essential aspects of the San Luis Obispo County community. Clarabelle brings attention to San Luis Obispo’s growing wine county and shows that from “grape to bottle,” some of the best wines are being produced here. Clarabelle sits in front of the historic Paso Robles Inn, surely providing tons of smile and culture for every visitor to experience. Famous Artist Douglas Turner even contributed to CowParade SLO, creating Marilyn Mooonroe, striking the iconic Monroe pose in the white dress. Head to cowparadeslo.com to see all the cows and even vote for your favorite one!
The auctioning of the cows is another special element to the CowParade event. After these pieces of art have been displayed and enjoyed by the public, the cows become an essential element of a hugely successful fundraiser for the communities who have had the privilege of hosting them. After their period of display, the cows are herded once again and each is auctioned off to the highest bidder. In the past some cows have gone from anywhere between $4,000 to even $150,000, providing an immense amount of funds for worldwide charities. CowParade SLO’s designated charities that will benefit from the amazing auction are ARTS Obispo, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo, and the California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation. Each of these nonprofit organizations align with the focus of the regional values that have been displayed through each of the cows’ designs. CowParade SLO’s auction will take place on May 6, 2017. Exact time and location will be announced closer to the event date.
Here are some of our favorite cows featured at CowParade!