Jewels is a life-sized, fibreglass cow and forms part of CowParade Surrey, the world’s largest outdoor art exhibition ever seen in Surrey. She is one of three cows purchased by Downs Solicitors who commissioned three artists to create their own unique designs based around a royal theme to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday year and to acknowledge Prince William as the President of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Jewels’ bovine companions are named “Queenie” and “Ermintrude” and they can be found grazing in Cobham and Dorking where Downs have further offices.
CowParade (originally called “Land in Sicht” (roughly translated as “Countryside in View”) was the brainchild of artistic director, Walter Knapp and started out in Zurich in 1998. Since then it has been held in over 50 cities around the world, including udderly fabulous destinations such as London, Milan and Buenos Aires.
Chris Millar, Senior Partner at Downs, said “When the opportunity to get involved in CowParade came along, we didn’t take much persuading that this is a really fun, colourful and unique way for us to be able to promote the firm but more importantly to raise funds for our nominated charity of the year – the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. It is also a great way to bring visitors into our towns to showcase the diverse range of businesses on offer and the stunning countryside that we enjoy every day.”
We are extremely grateful to Waverley Borough Council for allowing Jewels to take centre stage in Crown Court. She will certainly add some glamour.”
Downs commissioned Witley-based artist, Ruth Wheeler, to create Jewels. Ruth said “I was so chuffed to be asked by Downs Solicitors to create Jewels and be part of CowParade Surrey. It was an exciting challenge and a worthwhile project to be involved in.”
“I will be showing some of my art work in The Wey Gallery over the next few months and I have a sculpture outside the Waverley Council Offices too so this is a perfect spot for Jewels.”
Arts and Cultural Services Manager, Charlotte Hall said: “Like Downs Solicitors and Ruth Wheeler, many of Waverley’s organisations and artists have jumped at the opportunity take part in the Surrey Cow Parade. It is a credit to the people of Waverley that so many are passionate about using their skills and resources to benefit the community and those in need.”
The udderly beautiful and glamorous ‘Jewels’ was unveiled by Councillor Chris Storey, Mayor of Waverley Borough Council. Jewels can be found ‘grazing’ in Crown Court until the end of August. To fit with the Royal theme, Jewels is adorned with a variety of sparkling jewels and golden crowns.
CowParade Surrey said: “We are delighted to welcome Downs Solicitors to the Parade and excited to release their herd out into Surrey. CowParade Surrey is an exciting opportunity to shine a light on our beautiful County, raise lots of money for local charities and have fun cow spotting over the summer months!”.
At the end of the exhibition, the three Downs cows, along with all the others in the exhibition, will be auctioned off and the funds raised will be donated to the sponsors’ respective charities and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.
“CowParade Surrey is such a wonderful fundraising concept and we are delighted that our corporate partners Downs Solicitors have purchased three cows to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. It is thanks to the support of companies like Downs Solicitors that The Royal Marsden can continue to provide the very latest cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for our patients” said Joanne Bell of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
There will be over 60 cows dotted around Surrey until the end of August. Make sureyou download the free app from www.cowparadesurreyhills.com to discover where they are, virtually collect them & WIN prizes.
We hope you all enjoy our herd and happy cow spotting!