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CowParade makes its way around the Triangle

Posted August 22, 2012
Updated August 23, 2012


More than 80 life-size cow sculptures have been dispersed across the Triangle this week in an effort to raise money for the N.C. Children's Hospital.

CowParade North Carolina 2012 started this weekend and features cows that have been painted and otherwise decorated by regional professional and amateur artists.

They will be on display in public places through early December. You'll find them across Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, including the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, UNC-Chapel Hill, downtown Raleigh and Raleigh's North Hills (where one cow prompted some shrieks of excitement from my own kids on Monday).

They'll ultimately be auctioned off in January.

CowParade is part of an international public art event that has raised more than $30 million for its nonprofit partners in 75 cities since 1999.

After witnessing my kids' reaction to the first cow they saw, I look forward to checking out many more!


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  • shall6 Aug 23, 2012

    Con Amor: This is different from what's done at the fair. And yes: Somebody did steal a bow tie off the cow in front of the UNC Visitors Center in Chapel Hill. According to a press release, "Alexander Moo-lian Bow-vine", designed by UNC alumnus and fashion designer, Alexander Julian, was stripped of his bow tie late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The cow as a whole is conservatively valued at $20K.

    Some more details: N.C. Children’s Hospital does not want to press charges against the vandal(s), only to ensure the bow tie is returned unharmed to be reattached to the cow. In an effort to encourage the adornment’s safe return, the hospital has requested the bow tie be returned to the Children’s Hospital information desk by 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2012, further committing that no charges will be filed, no questions asked, if the tie is returned by that deadline.

    If it's not returned by the Aug. 30 deadline, there's a $500 award for information leading to an arrest.


  • shall6 Aug 23, 2012

    My apologies Bunky. Fixed.


  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Aug 23, 2012

    I believe that someone done stole a bow-tie off of one of the cows. Arent these things ususally on display at the state fair too?

  • PRGuy Aug 23, 2012

    Spotted a Choo Choo Justice cow outside the Blue Zone at UNC's Kenan Stadium. Nice.

  • Bunky Aug 23, 2012

    "... in an effort to raise month for the N.C. Children's Hospital." Did you really mean to say "raise money"?