09 February 2003
09 February 2003
More than 200 life-sized fiberglass cows painted by local artists will decorate Atlanta's streets this summer as part of CowParade Atlanta 2003.
Event organizers announced today that CowParade(TM), the world's largest public art exhibition that has visited 13 cities worldwide, makes its Southeastern debut in Atlanta June through September.
""CowParade has brought smiles to millions of people around the world, we're delighted to bring CowParade to Atlanta,"" said Evelyn Ashley, chairman of CowParade Atlanta and a partner with McKenna Long & Aldridge. ""CowParade has been incredibly popular in the 13 domestic and international cities it has visited, drawing people from each host country to see the creativity of local artists. We're looking forward to bringing that interest and economic benefit to our own community.""
Professional and amateur artists from throughout Georgia are being called upon to paint and decorate the life-sized fiberglass cows. The cows will then be creatively displayed in highly trafficked areas, including city parks, streets, buildings and shopping malls, throughout the summer. Notable Athens artist Stan Mullins and Atlanta artist Marvin Posey have agreed to paint two cows.
CowParade first appeared in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1998, and CowParade Chicago 1999 and CowParade New York 2000 were widely touted as the most successful public art programs in each city's history. More than 44 million people viewed the New York event, and the Chicago event generated nearly $500 million in economic impact. More than $8 million has been raised for charitable organizations and more than $1.5 million has been paid to local artists since CowParade started in 1998.
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