43 sculptures from Cows About Cambridge art trail will be sold at a charity auction at the Graduate Hotel next Thursday.
The sculptures were created by independent artists, schools and community groups as part of the ten-week Cows About Cambridge art trail earlier this year, hosted by public art specialists. Wild in art.
The project, which saw the colorful cow statues placed in various different places around town, was to be launched in March 2020 before being postponed due to the pandemic.
The auction event, which will be hosted by renowned auctioneer Charles Hanson, supports the charity To break, which helps vulnerable and experienced children and young people in the East of England. The association operates children’s homes and offers reception services, as well as short stays for children with disabilities and mentoring programs for young people leaving care.
Speaking about the auction on the Cows about Cambridge website, Break CEO Rachel Cowdry said, “What better way to bounce back from COVID than to see these cows bring fun, conversation and people together to the streets of Cambridge. “
“Now you have the opportunity to take some of this adventure home for you or your workplace – while also having a direct impact on the lives of young people leaving care across Cambridgeshire. “
Several cows have been sponsored by local organizations such as the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology, Cambridge City Council and Anglia Ruskin University.
The shapes of the sculptures are based on Red Poll cattle, famous in the Cambridge area. Many drawings of cows are inspired by the architecture and history of Cambridge University, such as May-Belle by graphic designer Dario Fisher, who features a skyline of King’s College Chapel, and Donna Newman’s Sir Isaac Moonon, in honor of the famous physicist and Cambridge alumnus.
Following the Summer Art Trail, the sculptures have been on display at the Grafton Center since Friday as part of a “farewell weekend” before they go to auction later in the week.
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