A superstar of the Live Art at the Festival has emerged – one of the infamous CowParade cows – which have travelled the world as part of an international public art exhibition and last appeared in Edinburgh in 2006.
Yet this time, rather than being adorned with the work of professional and local artists, the cow will now act as a blank canvas to create an interactive piece of public artwork.
Visitors to the interactive art event on St Andrews Square can pay a small fee to have their hand print painted on the body of the cow, with all the money raised from hand print sales being donated to CHAS – the Scottish children’s hospice society.
Bob Corsie, founder of Breeze Gallery and an art devotee, said: “It is great to see one of the CowParade cows back here in Edinburgh and it’s been a real hit with visitors so far, who are all keen to leave their mark on this great piece of art.
“There are over 200 handprints on the cow so far making it look rather colourful, but there is plenty of space for more and I look forward to seeing the final creation once the event is over.
“Here at Breeze we are committed to making unique art available to everyone and seek to engage as many people, through as many art forms as possible and this is essentially what the Live Art at the Festival event is all about.
“As well as introducing some of Scotland’s brightest home grown talents such as West Coast landscape artist Andrew Puetherer, Leith-born Lillias Blackie and portrait artist Bob Harper – we also hope the event will inspire people to unleash their creative side. Who knows we may inspire even inspire the Andy Warhols or Van Goghs of the future?”
A hub for public art since it was dramatically refurbished in 2008, St Andrews Square is the perfect venue for the event, and two specially designed marquees will form the centre point, allowing visitors to watch artists as they work.
So far the event has featured the work of contemporary artist Terry Bradley, who is renowned over the world for his customisation of Harley Davidson tanks and tattoo inspired originals and hand embellished prints.
Visitors will also have a chance to view the work of top international artist Anna Razamovskaya, who will be appearing in an exclusive exhibition in Scotland with breeze art gallery at the Blythswood Square hotel on Sunday 16th September.
Live Art At The Festival is running from Friday 17th August to Sunday 2nd September on St Andrews Square.
Breeze Gallery (http://www.breeze-gallery.co.uk) is a Scottish firm founded in 2004 in Peebles that now also operates in House of Fraser in Glasgow, Loch Lomond and in Jenners in Edinburgh.
The company’s mantra is “art for all”, which it champions by supplying unique and collectible work at affordable prices from more than 100 established artists.