Claremont Landscape Garden will officially be part of CowParade Surrey thanks to Ecclesiastical Insurance. The specialist insurance firm, which insures over fifty percent of the UK’s Grade I listed buildings, has arranged for its corporate cow to be installed at the National Trust Property for the duration of the event, which runs from June to August.
Ecclesiastical commissioned well-known artist, Emily Ketteringham, to design and paint the cow with a design inspired by Capability Brown to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his birth. Brown’s influence can be seen in many of England’s finest country estates and mansions, including Claremont, which contains many of the features distinct to his designs.
Emily’s design highlights the design concepts that are most frequently associated with the landscape artist including a walled kitchen garden, dairy and memorial column. It also features a house that typifies the types of buildings Brown was associated with as well as traditional garden tools that would have been used to create the impressive landscapes.
Clare Pardy, Fine Art & Heritage Development Director at Ecclesiastical, said: “Claremoo has had such a huge influence on the English landscape and on so many of the properties that we insure, so we are using his work as our inspiration for the design. We hope that in doing so we will appeal to the many people who have been inspired by him and will be able to raise lots of money for charity when it’s sold at the end of the exhibit.”
CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which is seeing lots of brightly decorated fibreglass cows placed in popular landmarks across Surrey this summer. The idea is that each cow is ‘Sponsored’ by a business, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. A specially designed app, created by digital design agency Akiko Design, is free to download from cowparadesurreyhills.com and will allow you to ‘check in’ to each cow as it’s found. You’ll discover lots about each cow, be able to win rosettes, take part in quizzes and more. Those who find the most cows will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Kuoni holiday for two to Mauritius!
Claremoo will be on display at Claremont Gardens from Monday 20 June until the end of August and will be positioned outside of the venues paywall so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.
Dee Durham, Marketing & Communications Officer at Claremont, said: “We’re excited to welcome our very own Capability Brown cow to the garden, and will be giving her pride of place on the tea-room terrace by the lake. We want visitors to help us find a good name for her – see our Facebook page for details.”
The autumn will see the cows auctioned off for charity. Each cow sponsor gets to choose a charity of their own to benefit from half of the auction proceeds, with the other 50 per cent going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.