Bunnyhop, painted by Openhouse Creative illustrator and artist Laurie King, celebrates the biking heritage of the Surrey Hills and aims to inspire a new generation of cycling champions – all the more pertinent with the recent gold rush in the velodrome at Rio and the success of Chris Froome in this year’s Tour de France.
Supporting Sustrans, a charity that worked tirelessly to develop the National Cycle Network across the UK, Bunnyhop has been on Parade across Surrey and recently had her own mini (moo) adventure in London at the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show.
She’s also been involved in a near cow-knapping experience! Dismantled from her plinth and discarded whilst cow-knappers under cover of darkness took her cow companion ‘Cycling MooKay!’ Recovering from her ordeal, she is currently out to pasture at Box Hill; an area that is represented in the cow’s design, alongside White Down, Ranmore, Crocknorth, Leith Hill and The Devil’s Punch Bowl.
Director of Fundraising at Sustrans, Julian Hall adds: “This whole project is udderly brilliant; in fact it’s moosic to our ears! The best way to get more people walking and cycling, especially children, is to make it fun and that’s why we are delighted to be involved.”
Sally Della, who heads up marketing agency Openhouse Creative with Laurie, concludes: “Not only did Laurie have the chance to demonstrate his artistic flair by painting and illustrating a cow (and it’s not often you get to say that) but we’re also supporting a fantastic charity and hopefully inspiring a future generation of cycling enthusiasts too. We’ll say moo to that!”
Bunnyhop along with her cow companions will be heading to the Surrey Hills Festival of Food and Drink on 3 September at Coverwood Farm. This will be the first time that all the cows will be together – quite a spectacle. To book tickets visit www.surreyhillsfest.co.uk.