Cows about Cambridge is back for 2021! Get ready for a summer of colour and comversation
After having to postpone for over a year, Cows about Cambridge is poised to bring colour and conversation to the city streets this summer. Created by global art event producers Wild in Art and children’s charity Break, in association with principal partner Cambridge Business Improvement District (BID) and Thameslink, the much-awaited art trail is set to launch on Monday 28 June.
The Cows have been on standby since March 2020 when the first lockdown hit, waiting in the wings until their time came to support the city’s recovery from the pandemic. The trail aims to help locals reconnect with their city, as well as encouraging conversations about climate change and supporting the Cambridge arts scene, which has been heavily impacted over the past year.
About 40 decorated fibreglass Cow sculptures, along with 45 ‘mini moos’, will be dotted around the city for ten weeks this summer, providing a free trail to discover all of the colourful designs that regional artists, schools and community groups have painted and collaged on to these 3D cow-shaped canvases. The trail also invites locals and visitors to enjoy a family-friendly and socially distanced form of exercise, incorporating outdoor locations to keep everybody safe.
About 40 decorated fibreglass Cow sculptures, along with 45 ‘mini moos’, will be dotted around the city for ten weeks this summer
“Our cow sculptures are modelled on the red poll cattle that graze Cambridge meadows,” explains Wild in Art managing director and co-founder, Charlie Langhorn. “They’re more than simply works of art to be looked at – they will inspire people to enjoy the city in a Covid-friendly way, stimulating important discussions about the environment and climate change. The team is delighted to be back in Cambridge, working with businesses and the creative community for this event.”
After the trail closes, the large cow sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for Break, while the mini moos go off to graze with their schools and community group creators. Cambridge BID CEO, Ian Sandison, adds: “The past year has been exceptionally difficult for many of our businesses and households. As we finally begin to look to the future, we hope that this spectacular art trail will bring some colour and creativity to our streets, as well as a sense of optimism.”
This year’s Cows about Cambridge trail runs until Saturday 4 September. For more information, head to the Cambridge BID website. cambridgebid.co.uk