The Albury Estate proudly unveiled their entry to CowParade Surrey this week at iconic site, Newlands Corner. The magnificent moo, painted by internationally celebrated watercolour artist Alexander Creswell perfectly represents one of the most famous Surrey Hills views.
Alexander comments; “I have painted on many things; paper, canvas, ceilings, yachts & cars but never on a cow before! But this is no impediment to the portrayal of one of England’s most beautiful views. On one side of the cow I have painted the view from Newlands Corner looking south over Albury valley and the Surrey Hills with a spring sunset – while by contrast on the other side is a distopian urban capriccio of a stormy metropolitan skyline to the north. To me the North Downs at Newlands Corner represents the contrast—the frontier—between urban and rural, between dystopia and utopia. This is my Frontier Cow”.
Alexander added, “I am very proud to be Arts Patron of CowParade, the world’s largest public art event which is coming to Surrey this Summer. Life size fibre-glass cows will be appearing all over Surrey and further a field. Cows are sponsored by businesses, schools, and individauls and are being painted by superb and varied artists. At the end of the parade they will be for sale by auction with all proceeds going to support charites. A brilliant combination of fun, creativity and charity fundraising.”
The Albury Estate, owned by the Duke of Northumerland covers 3,000 acres of some of the most beautiful Surrey Hills countryside.
The Duke of Northumerland comments;
“I am truly delighted with the stunning work of art that Alexander has created and feel it portrays this wonderful area of countryside perfectly. CowParade Surrey offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the Surrey Hills as well as support our chosen charity Shooting Star Chase”.
CowParade Leader Tim Metson comments; “We are seeing some really beautifully designed cows joining the parade and the Albury Estate Cow by Alexander just epitomises our beautiful Surrey Hills landscape. This cow will be one to watch in the auction.”
CowParade Surrey will see over 60 full-size, fibreglass cows placed around Surrey from 1 June until the end of August for all to see. Members of the public can get involved with CowParade Surrey by downloading a specially designed app, created by digital design agency Akiko Design, from www.cowparadesurreyhills.com and will allow users to ‘check in’ to each cow as it’s found. They’ll discover lots about each cow, be able to win rosettes, take part in quizzes and more. Those who find the most cows will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Kuoni holiday for two to Mauritius!
This autumn will see the cows auctioned off for charity. Each cow sponsor nominates a charity of their choice to benefit from half of the auction proceeds, with the other half going to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Trust Fund supports local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape. Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey comments; “The Surrey Hills Trust Fund is an exciting local initiative enabling local residents to donate now to protect and conserve the stunning natural landscape and help local communities to access and enjoy the Surrey Hills for generations to come.”
To find out more about the Surrey Hills Trust Fund visit http://www.surreyhills.org/trust-fund/
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