fabric of the cow

The cows are manufactured using a mixture of Class II Fire Retardant Laminating Resin and chopped roving fibreglass over an initial brushed-on layer of polyester gel coat. Then several layers of chopped strand matting fibreglass are hand-laid and wetted with the laminating resin to the point of full saturation. Steel is placed at specific stress points such as where the legs join the torso of standing models and where ears and horns attach to the body. The basic cow poses may be altered by the artist, so long as they remain structurally intact. Full details on the recommended method of altering the cows will be provided to artists selected to complete cows. Each cow arrives with a coat of primer applied by the manufacturer.

paints, topcoating & weatherproofing

Cows will be placed in areas fully accessible to the public. Although a few cows may be in indoor locations, most will be outdoors. In creating a design, please consider carefully the weather and other elements of nature, including sun, rain, wind and dirt. Additionally, CowParade Surrey Hills is an interactive event that allows the public to touch and feel the designs. As such, designs should be created with durability and public safety concerns in mind. Although objects may be attached to the cows, artists should be aware that vandalism can and unfortunately does occur. Any object added to a cow should be attached in such a way that it cannot be easily removed.

The surface of each cow is primed by the manufacturer. Unless you have altered the pose or exterior of your cow, you will not need to reapply a primer. Acrylic paint, artificial resin paint or two-component paint can be used to paint the cows. A minimum of three coats of varnish is required. This step is critical to the ultimate durability of your cow, and cows which are returned unvarnished or which are incorrectly varnished may not be exhibited. When placed in public, the cows will be affixed to heavy bases. Brewers Paints will be offering a glaze at a discounted price, so watch this space for further information.

installation & repair of cows

Artists will not be responsible for the installation or removal of the cows, as CowParade will manage this process. Artists should, however, be available for any possible touch-up work that may be required once the exhibit is underway.

All cows will require touch-up and cleaning prior to the auction. Artists are expected to be available to make these touch-ups during the weeks preceding the auction.

design guidelines

Artists should bear in mind that the audience will be broad-based and of all ages, and designs should be appropriate for public display. Designs that are religious, political or sexual in nature will not be accepted. Additionally, neither corporate logos nor advertising is allowed. As outlined below, designs will be evaluated to ensure they conform to these guidelines. CowParade may reject any design that, at its sole discretion, does not adhere to these guidelines.


By submitting your application, you confirm that:

  • You are the original creator of your design.
  • You have not copied anyone else’s original work.
  • Your design does not infringe on anyone else’s intellectual property rights (for example, trademark or design patent).

Upon completion you must sign a “Copyright Assignment” indicating your understanding that you are assigning the entire right, title and interest to your design to CowParade Holdings Corporation.

If your finished cow is approved for exhibition, CowParade Holdings Corporation will continue to own the entire right, title and interest in your design proposal, accompanying sketches and all derivative works, including the final work completed on the fiberglass cow. You will be acknowledged as the artist on the base and in appropriate publications. However, the copyrights, including the rights to reproduce your design, create copies or reprint your design in books, will be owned by CowParade Holdings Corporation.