Cows on Parade

by - September 23, 2012

Often, when I get to work, I park and take a moment before going into work. I like to watch people as they go into the building to start their day. I like to watch the security guards that go racing around on their segways! They are the best...you know, they have their little bike helmet on and they are dressed in a uniform that looks very official and police like and just zip around on what looks like a giant child's toy. --I think actual police may be using segways too. 
I get to see the property garden team refresh plantings. I love how they walk around in their safari looking, khaki shorts. They are moving plants and planters using dollies...it's heavy work and I can see why they would want to get started in the early morning hours. (Though it's not that early when I get to work...at least not in horticulture time.)
I also like to see the property maintenance crew that get to ride around in their golf carts or John Deere Gators. (Some are in golf carts...some are in gators.) Honestly, these men cruise! They are zipping along on a sidewalk, so there is no posted speed limit. But they are definitely pushing the pedal to the metal. And because it's a sidewalk, they look like they are going uber fast.
I like to get my zen on by watching all of the activity before venturing out to my work world each day. I do this by watching all of the activity that keeps the campus running and keeps it beautiful.
One day, with no warning and no explanatory sign, there were these wonderful cows just placed  along the sidewalk on campus. There are cows on the other side of the building as well. Just cows.
Curious, right? The cows have been at their posts for about a month. Now, during my morning zen watching, I get to watch people walk by the cows. Every day I see at least one person that clearly hasn't seen the cows before. They walk slowly past. They typically continue to look even after they have passed. Some stop. Some seem to talk to the cows...saying things like "weird". 
I did a little research to see what the scoop is. Turns out it's a Cow Parade for Charity. The CowParade is an art exhibit which are displayed in public places and then auctioned with proceeds going to a local charity. 
And, until the auction (in February) we get to discover colorful cows in unexpected places. Or...we could choose to get a map and seek all of the cows out. --I prefer to just be surprised each time I see one. 
Have you seen this type of public art or charity event in your city?
Enjoy your Monday.

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12 comments

  1. We had something very similar to this happen here years ago. It was so bizarre to walk down the mall and see painted cows everywhere!

    x Jasmine

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    1. That is cool you had it there too. I read that the organization has these exhibits world wide. I don't know how they decide where to go or what charity to support. I love random surprises.

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  2. There a lot of these stock downtown. There is also one by my bank, I'd stop to take the photo opportunity that calls every time I see it but I'm usually running late for something. I didn't know they auction them & give the money to charity, NEAT!

    I hope you have a great day!

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    1. How cool that you see them too. I think they'll be up until February. :)

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  3. Great photos and good background info on their purpose in life. It is interesting to watch people respond to them. I think we should get a couple of these. I would place one in our side yard. I would be tempted to first place it in the front yard, at least for a week or two, just to get a buzz going in the neighborhood. And I think it would be great to place one in B&K's back yard.

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  4. They have these in France too! I saw a bunch a few weeks ago when I was walking around Annecy with Max and my friends from Canada. They always make me smile :)

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    1. I love that it's something that you can see in so many places. :)

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  5. I have a large framed limited edition print from the Chicago Art Exposition years ago, cows all over the Loop. Loved it! It was the first of it's kind for Chicago, we did other things after, but the cows are the most well known, I think.

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    1. I love the idea of a print from Chicago. That is special. :)

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  6. I am hosting a Weekend Warmth party over at my blog and would love to have you share something!

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/

    Bobi

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know. I linked up and enjoyed seeing the posts there too. :)

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