There used to be a saying that there were more cows than people in Vermont. I’m not sure that’s true any more; but we still do have quite a lot of cows. Even more this summer, as Burlington is hosting its own unofficial version of a cow parade. In case you’re unaware of this phenomenon, the Cow Parade is a public art event hosted in various cities featuring life-sized fiberglass cows that have been painted by local artists. The artists use them as a unique canvas. Often, the artwork reflects something about the culture in the region in which they’re being exhibited. (As is noted in the comments below, Burlington’s event is not a sanctioned event by the official Cow Parade organization.)
I saw the Cow Parade several years ago in Las Vegas, where there were cows painted to look like a magician, and Elvis, and even a Las Vegas showgirl (that was hilarious!). Vermont’s cows look understandably different. They’ve been on display for the past month or so around downtown Burlington, and will remain on display until they’re auctioned off in October. I’d say you had until then to come see them in person, but you might want to come sooner rather than later, since 6 of the cows so far have been vandalized. Shameful, I know. The lack of respect for public works of art is a black eye on this city.
Here are a few shots I took of the cow art. Pretty creative stuff.