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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cows come home to Chapel Hill

Paula MacLeod with Lady Carolina Bloo. (Photo: Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography)

After the herd of students moved to campus last weekend, Carolina also welcomed 15 four-legged residents when CowParade North Carolina kicked off its Triangle tour.

Alexander Moo-lian Bow-vine, designed by Alexander Julian and created by Earle Kluttz Thompson and Raines Thompson. (Photo: Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography)

CowParade is the world’s largest public art exhibit, featuring life-size fiberglass cows, hand-painted by local artists and auctioned off to raise money for charity. CowParade first began in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1998 and has raised more than $30 million for nonprofits.

The beneficiary of CowParade North Carolina is N.C. Children’s Hospital, a 150-bed state-of-the-art facility offering complete pediatric inpatient and outpatient care as well as more than 25 satellite outpatients clinics throughout North Carolina.

More than 80 vibrantly painted cows will be on parade across Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill through Dec. 7. The cows are approximately eight feet long and five feet high and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at a gala on Jan. 26, 2013. Cows that aren’t sold in the live auction will be auctioned online.

Carolina’s cows come with kicky names like Moo Moo Justice and Ramooses and will be stationed across campus from the Smith Center to McCorkle Place.

Lady Carolina Bloo, from artist Paula MacLeod, is dressed in a mosaic of Vietri stoneware dishes, porcelain and glass tile featuring iconic UNC logos and hidden barn animals. Lady Carolina Bloo will live at the Carolina Inn.

Clothing designer Alexander Julian designed Alexander Moo-lian Bow-wine’s argyle sweater, Old Well cuff links and striped bow tie. Artists and UNC alumni Earle Kluttz Thompson and Rains Thompson used Styrofoam, fiberglass, bondo and latex paint to decorate the cow, which will live by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The duo also created Ramooses, North Cowalina and Handy Heifer.

Only one cow, Ramooses, will reside off campus, at Wells Fargo on Rosemary Street. Wells Fargo is the presenting sponsor of CowParade NC. To see the locations of all Carolina’s cows, visit cowparadenc.com.