Post by Teresa Howard. Teresa is an artist from Cary, North Carolina, who was chosen to design the cow sponsored by Rex for CowParade NC 2012.
For three months starting in September 2012, the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area will be participating in the international public art exhibit known as CowParade. Approximately 100 life size fiberglass cows designed by local artists will be sprinkled throughout the area to raise money for the UNC Children’s Hospitals.
CowParade is headquartered in West Hartford, Connecticut and has produced over 50 major public art events with its signature fiberglass cow canvasses since the celebrated Chicago exhibit in 1999. CowParade exhibits have raised in excess of $20 million for charitable organizations around the globe through their live and online cow auctions, which conclude each event.
I got involved with CowParade when I saw this information in the News and Observer newspaper about a year ago. I submitted several artistic designs to the CowParade committee. I am so glad that my “Hope” cow was selected by Rex UNC Healthcare. When I started thinking about designs for a cow that so many people will see in an area, I thought of a celebration of “Hope” for cancer survivors or for individuals to sign for their loved one who has lost their life.
For the past two days, “Hope” has been displayed at Rex Cancer Center in Raleigh, NC. I have been told thank you so many times from patients, nurses, doctors, staff, etc., but I want to say THANK YOU to all of you. I have been blessed to see so many happy faces, pictures taken and smiles from each of you that have signed the “Hope” cow. I never dreamed that a fiberglass cow would bring so much joy to peoples lives as it has to everyone at Rex Cancer Center. I am so glad to be a part of people’s lives at Rex through this project. Please let me know what else that I can do to keep up the spirit of “Hope” at Rex Cancer Center in Raleigh!
Thank you Rex UNC Healthcare for choosing “Hope”!
CowParade North Carolina 2012: Calendar of Events
August 15: Completed cows returned to Golden Belt in Durham, NC
August 17: Private preview party for Sponsors and artists
August 18: CowParade “Round Up” for public viewing of cows
August 19: Cows delivered to parade locations
Sept–November: Cows on parade at selected locations
December: Cows returned to Golden Belt for repair
January: CowParade Gala and Auction