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Denver Cow Parade Miniatures
by Stormy on February 20, 2007

The Cow Parade has been a phenomenally popular art series in spite of cows being udderly unromantic as animals. Still, their popularity has snowballed and people are willing to travel miles to get their picture with a painted cow!

Back in July and again in October of 2006 I ventured out to explore the Denver incarnation of the popular Cow Parade public art series. 150 life-size fiberglass cows, some standing, some grazing, some lying, some customized to perform otherwise un-cow-like feats spread throughout the city in hopes of amusing the populace, drawing in tourism and raising a few bucks for charity. I imagine their mission was a success because the Cow Parade is now in its eighth year and continues moving forward full steam. After the parades come through and the cows are auctioned off, large marketing brains decide which cows are most popular and have them released as miniatures for the cow-hungry consumers. The 2007 winter cow herd included the Denver Cow Parade favorites Jacques MOOsteau and Front Range. I was lucky enough to catch up with both of these cows when they were in town. I saw Front Range at its original exhibit location in the upscale Cherry Creek Mall in July and again caught up with it at the Stapleton development area in October. Stapleton was also the place where I got to see Jacques MOOsteau. I have a lot of SCUBA-diving friends who absolutely love this cow!

Stormy with the two miniature cows, Jacques MOOsteau and Front Range.
(taken by Max on February 20, 2007)
Stormy rides Jacques MOOsteau at the Stapleton Development area on October 22, 2006.
(taken by Max on February 20, 2007)
Front Range at Cherry Creek Mall on July 22, 2006. Stormy refused to sit inside the oven.
(taken by Max on February 20, 2007)

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