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heritage‘Heritage Cow’ has been beautifully crafted by artist Anna Whittle who has designed a cartographic illustration of Surrey landmarks and architecture on the body of a full-size fibreglass cow! She is a collaboration between Guildford based businesses Strata Tiles and the Guildford office of International design practice, Scott Brownrigg.

Strata Tiles comment;

 “With both Strata Tiles and our partners based in Guildford, it’s important that Heritage Cow is placed in memorable and family friendly locations in and around the town. Heritage Cow will be well travelled this summer but her journey can be followed via the CowParade app.”

4 Charity & StrataScott Brownrigg comments; “The Guildford office of International design practice Scott Brownrigg is pleased to be supporting Cow Parade. Working in conjunction with local partners, it has been a fun way to help raise public support, awareness and vital funds for charity”.

CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which will see lots of brightly decorated fibreglass cows placed in popular landmarks across the county during the Summer. The idea is that each cow is ‘Sponsored’ by a businesses, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. The cows will be put out to graze and dotted around Surrey from June until the end of August for all to see and then the fun really begins! 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!

groupThe 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. The Trust Fund supports local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape. Strata Tiles and Scott Brownrigg have chosen local children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase – which has hospices in Guildford and Hampton, to benefit from the auction of their cow. The charity cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families across London and Surrey, right from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

Sylvia La Porte, Corporate Relationship Manager at Shooting Star Chase: “We’re delighted Scott Brownrigg and Strata Tiles are sponsoring a cow at CowParadeSurrey in aid of Shooting Star Chase and are so grateful for the support of such a great local businesses

3Artist & charity (1)“It’s a real privilege to have Christopher’s, our Guildford-based hospice, featured on the map on Heritage Cow as a key landmark. The design by artist Anna is beautiful and it’s wonderful that the charity will benefit not only from funds from the auction, but also from the fantastic awareness raised.”

Jonathan Wiles, Strata Tiles Director comments; “CowParade coming to Surrey is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get involved with something out of the norm and raise money for a good cause. It’s our hope that Heritage Cow, designed in conjunction with architects Scott Brownrigg and artist Anna Whittle, will gain public support and raise awareness of our chosen charity, Shooting Star Chase.”

Heritage Cow has now been put to graze in the Rose Garden in Stoke Park, make sure you go and visit her and collect her using the CowParade Surrey app.