Bovine beauties around town in 2016 CowParade PERTH


Marcia Espinosa. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Marcia Espinosa. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

THE cows are on the loose with the inaugural 2016 CowParade PERTH.

The six-week public art exhibition, featuring 40 life-sized fibreglass cows painted and styled by local artists and fashion designers, has been staged in 79 cities, 32 countries and six continents and raises funds for local charities focusing on child health research.

Some cows were auctioned at last month’s Lexus Ball for Telethon and visitors to the CBD will notice bovine throughout the malls, parks, iconic buildings and precincts until December 11.

Artist Marcia Espinosa was invited by Perth Public Art Foundation and City of Perth to add her creativity to one of the cows.

The Chilean artist moved to Perth nine years ago with her family, where she graduated from Central Institute of Technology in 2014 and exhibited in last year’s Hatched at PICA.

“I was very glad to be asked and see it as a great opportunity to show my work to the community,” the mother of three said.

“Cows are sacred in Chile, so I decided to turn mine into a sacred being; a shrine covered in different motifs and symbols.

“It reflects my Latin American background with textiles for northern Chile where I come from and is a colourful celebration of the mystical connection between heaven and earth.”

Espinosa completed her design in the CowParade city studio surrounded by other artists working on their cows.

She said it was great to see everyone else working so hard on the project and how much variety there was in art.

“It’s interesting to see how the same object, the cow, can look so different,” Espinosa said.

“It’s a fantastic way to raise money and people will see them on their way to work or shopping.

“I’d love to be involved again if they invited me.”