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The last time we went to a trendy art show we mistook the prize-winning exhibit for a bin and got thrown out for corrupting its unbridled purity with a soggy sandwich wrapper. And arguing that our alleged misdemeanour was in fact an experimental statement juxtaposing genuine litter with pretentious garbage just didn't cut it with security.
The point being, we know Pollock-all about art. But you needn't know your Rolfs from your Renoirs to appreciate the brilliance of the Paint Your Own CowParade Cow Kit. That's because this highly innovative painting set is part of a global art movement that can be enjoyed by expert brush-slingers and udder novices alike.
So what's all this CowParade moo-larkey about then? Well, CowParade is a roving international art show that has featured in major cities across the globe. Sculptures of cows are decorated by local artists and then displayed in public places such as train stations and parks. The cows frequently feature designs specific to local culture, as well as city life and other relevant themes.
For some unfathomable reason cows lend themselves perfectly to all manner of weird and wacky designs. And although the robust resin cow that comes with the Paint Your Own CowParade Cow Kit isn't life-size you can still let your imagination run wild. Simply get busy dipping the high quality paintbrush into the six tubs of water-based paint and Monet's your uncle.
We've gone cow-crazy here at the Firebox Mooseum of Modern Art. The place is heaving with psychedelic cows, gothic cows, pinstripe cows, Britpop cows, hip-hop cows, comedy cows, Warhol-esque cows - the possibilities are endless. You could even go mad and paint yours black and white with a bright pink udder and... hold on, that's what normal cows look like, isn't it?
Even if you haven't handled a paintbrush since your schooldays, we guarantee your inner creative genius will be reawakened the second you clap eyes on your unadorned moo-cow. And once you've customised one you'll want a whole herd of these udderly charming creatures. Because as well as exercising your imagination, CowParade Cows make seriously original gifts and über-quirky desktop companions. So hurry up and get ordering before we paint our entire herd. Moo!
Blank cow canvas:
For Art, For Charity, For Fun
CowParade is the world's largest public art event. From Chicago and New York in 1999 and 2000 to Kansas City and Houston in 2001 and London in 2002, CowParade continues to evolve, not just in size, but in creativity and quality of art. While the cow sculptures remain the same, each city's artists are challenged by the art from past events, inspired by the cultural influences of their respective cities, and moved by their own interpretation of the cow as an art object.
CowParade is not meant to be high art, however. It is first and foremost a public art exhibit that is accessible to everyone.
Not designed or intended for play by children under 14 years.
Size: Approx. 15cm (D) x 11cm (H) x 4.5cm (W).
1 x resin cow
6 x water based acrylic paints (red, yellow, blue, green, black and white)
1 x brush
"Udder-Pedic", "Dog and Cat Cow", "All The Moos That's Fit To Print" and "The Taxi Cow" are examples of what can be painted on a CowParade Cow and are not included in the Paint Your Own CowParade Cow kit.
Very cool! Does the paint wash off the cow to be able to re-paint? Toro Him, New York - 23rd March 2010
Firebox says: It's a one-use cow unfortunately
Can you no longer buy this on the UK site? Guy, Hull - 22nd March 2010
Firebox says: Unfortunately not Guy, sorry!
I purchased one for my mate Walter. He painted it pink and stuck flowers to it and called it a window to his soul. Craig, Ayrshire - 5th September 2008
Firebox says: That's nice...
I LOVE FIREBOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND THE COW IS QUITE COOL AS WELL. Merran, Bodmin - 29th May 2008
The 2006 Cow Parade was also held in Lisbon from May to September, after which the cows were auctioned off. We bought a pre-decorated mini version as a souvenir of our time here and were considering buying others as Christmas gifts, but now I've seen yours I've changed my mind. How else could you combine DIY with cows and not be arrested?!! Marissa, Estoril, Portugal - 21st October 2006
I don't know if Cow Parade runs every year in only one city but this time we are talking Cow Parade is running in Athens, Hellas. Dimitris Tsoumanis, Athens, Hellas - 1st August 2006