Posted by Amir_Aharon on 01-17-2006 02:44 PM:

Cowlor Harmony

These bulls are part of an outdoor exhibition in one of Tel-Aviv's boulevards. There are about 50 of them, each painted by a different artist. I picked "only" 12 for their lively colors.













Amir Aharon

Posted by R. John Howe on 01-17-2006 03:06 PM:

Hi Amir -

I don't have your "word" advantage, but this is something that's being done quite a lot now.

Here in Washington, DC only they've done donkeys, elephants ("party animals") and panda bears at least.

Here they are a fund raising scheme for particular causes (they put them up for auction after they have been placed about town for awhile).

No rugs yet, though.


R. John Howe

Posted by Steve Price on 01-17-2006 03:15 PM:

Hi John

Must be something that's making the rounds. A few years ago, Richmond did it with fish. Some painted, some covered with mosaic tiles. They were spread out around the city and, after a period of time, were sold at auction for a charitable cause.


Steve Price

Posted by Jerry Silverman on 01-17-2006 04:52 PM:

First done in Zurich in 1998, it was quickly copied here in Chicago in 1999.

Apparently people can't get enough of large, fiberglass animals painted goofy colors. Who knew?



Posted by Filiberto Boncompagni on 01-18-2006 02:09 AM:

There is a “Cowparade” in Florence too, ending in a couple of days.

Nice waste of public money.
For me it’s bullsh*^! Or I should call it cowsh*^?


Posted by Amir Aharon on 01-18-2006 02:25 AM:


Hi John, Jerry, Steve....

For one, this could prove that we ARE, after all the 51st state of the U.S.

A few years back we had something similar in Jerusalem, but with
lions; they were eventually sold for charitable causes at the Tiroche auction house in Tel-Aviv.

Primary credit goes to the Swiss 1998 exhibition (see Jerry's post); I am glad that our local artists were brilliant enough to add horns to the old cows; no one can now accuse them of FAKES.

Who knows, maybe someone from the Caribbeans will come up
with PARROTS in natural dyes. That will be a feast to the eyes!

Cowlorly yours,

Posted by Patrick Weiler on 01-20-2006 01:15 AM:

Seattle Hogs the Spotlight

Back in 2002, Seatle popularized pigs for a benefit.
The Zurich cows were the influence in Seattle, too.
The popularity of a new design fad is reminiscent of rug designs undergoing changes in spurts. This is one way historians have of dating motif and style changes in rugs and other artistic areas.

Patrick Weiler, Seattle 2006

Posted by Amir Aharon on 01-21-2006 02:28 PM:

Hi Patrich, Filiberto.....

I don't think this is public money wasted; all you have to do is see
the expression on the kid's face in Patrich's second website.

We have had Penguins , lions and dolphins for the last few years.
And ours is a small country. Many have said that it is too much. Yet, last week while I was watching parents and grandparents
with their dogs and children running from one bull/cow to another
on a sunny winter day, I decided that it's worth every penny.

It's definitely better than wasting public money on elections and
whatnot. If this is also helping date style changes in rugs, as
Patrich puts it, then I am all for it. The fact that they are eventually auctioned for charity is another good reason.


for charity