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Locomootive the GWR cow comes to Dorking Halls

cow 7Time to start getting into a stew about it? The latest udderly brilliant installation for Surrey’s Cow Parade has been unveiled at Dorking Halls. Sponsored by Great Western Railway (GWR), the cream of the crop has been put out to pasture by the prime of Surrey Hills Enterprises, GWR and visual arts charity Artventure Trust.

Without milking it Artventure Trust participants, volunteers and co-workers designed and painted the Locomootive’s hide.

Artventure Trust Manager Anne North said:

“We were attracted to the Cowparade, after successfully completing a mural in the centre of Guildford. All the designs on the mural and the cow have been drawn by the participants of Artventure. We discussed the design for our cow, and it was decided to base it on what the cow would see around her when in the field.

2 whole group closer“I know our members are very proud of the final result, and will miss having her around.”

Still rare from the experience GWR Station Manager for the North Downs Mal Thurman said:

“It’s offal not to do all we can to promote local tourism and the communities we serve. This installation, showcasing some of the really good destinations on our network, is sure to bring visitors in their herds.”

Joining the cowlective, the Locomootive is the first installation in Dorking to be put out to graze, and there are over 30 at present across Surrey.

CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which is seeing lots of brightly decorated fibreglass cows placed in popular landmarks across Surrey this summer. The idea is that each cow is ‘Sponsored’ by a business, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. A specially designed app, is free to download from cowparadesurreyhills.com to find and collect each cow. Discover lots about each cow, 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!

cow 4CowParade Surrey Leader Tim Metson comments:

“We’re delighted to welcome Locomootive to the CowParade Surrey herd, she epitomises what the whole project is about charity, art and partnership working. She will be joining quite a collection of cows in Dorking, make sure to download our CowParade Surrey app and find them all.”

At the end of the exhibition in August the cows will be auctioned off to raise money for local community projects across Surrey, such as the Artventure Trust.

1a Dave MirWith the steaks so high Councillor David Mir, Chairman of Mole Valley, added:

“I’m delighted to see so many CowParade Surrey cows appearing in Mole Valley. This is a great initiative that puts our beautiful district in the spotlight and raises funds for local charities. I encourage everyone to hop on the train and come out to the Surrey Hills to see these beautiful works of art.”