‘Liberty’ is one of the last cows to jump into the Parade and is well worth the wait as she is full of hidden surprises. Painted by celebrated artist Emma Allen who works across a broad range of different mediums from painting and body-painting to animation, sculpture, sewing and even light! Emma has taken her inspiration from landscape and wildlife which comes alive at night when the nocturnal animals are illuminated using ultra-violet paint!
Emma Allen comments; “it’s been great fun to be part of CowParade , it was a real honour to be asked to take part. The Inspiration for the Birtley cow was all about the nature in the gardens and land surrounding the beautiful Birtley Estate”.
Simon Whalley, Director Birtley House Group comments; “Many of the Birtley House residents engaged with Emma, making suggestions for Liberty’s design. They came up with ideas for birds and animals that they had seen within the Birtley Estate and we even ran a naming competition for staff and residents who came up with the perfect name, which is also an anagram of Birtley!”.
Simon continues; “We are very lucky to have recruited Emma Allen, a hugely talented young artist, and she has developed our ideas to stretch from sunrise to sunset down the body of the cow with birds singing in the dawn chorus round the head and horns; with daytime flyers like the wonderful red kites flying overhead, through to smaller birds and butterflies on the flowers to mice and rabbits creeping through the grasses. Under the belly is the pond with fish swimming and reflected in a mirror on the plinth.
‘Liberty’ forms part of CowParade, the world’s largest public art event, which saw over 60 full-size, fibreglass cows uniquely decorated by artists and placed around Surrey during the summer for people to admire and find. The idea behind CowParade is that cows are sponsored by businesses, decorated by artists and auctioned off to raise lots of mooolaa for charities!!
The autumn will see the cows auctioned off for charity. The proceeds from ‘Liberty’ will go to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to safeguard and protect the Surrey Hills for future generations. The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. They work with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.
If you would like to see ‘Liberty’ and her 59 cow friends! Come along to the Surrey Hills Festival of Food and Drink on 3 September from 10am – 5pm at Coverwood Farm, Peaslake. It will be the only opportunity to see all the CowParade Surrey cows together as well as a fun family day out in the Surrey Hills. Discover a whole host of local food and drink, arts and crafts activities, live music and more…. Visit www.surreyhillsfest.co.uk to find out more and book tickets.