Currently celebrating its one year anniversary in the Marunouchi area, are loads of cows situated around the Maru-building. These cows are part of a public art event, Cow Parade, being held all over the world. The first place in Asia is here in Marunouchi.
Many people might be asking, “Why is it a cow?”. There are two reasons. First, the cow is the most popular animal in Switzerland where the event originated. Second, it is the only animal that keeps its character even if its colour or shape is altered.
64 cows made of painted glass fiber, some with things stuck to them, are standing, sitting aroudn the building. Let me introduce you to some of them. The work of Akira Uno aka Aquirax, who plays an active part in the frontline through a forty year career, created “Cow Girls”. The cow is painted with the red dots of aesthetic women. (The front one is “Praying Cow” designed by Katsumi Asaba)
“Another Time Cow” designed by Toshio Iwai, a media artist, is one of the unique interactive works you can look through the scene of Marunouchi city distorted or lagged behind from its back.
Yutanpo Shirane created “Triple Vision”. This dynamic work makes you look at it from several angles. It takes advantage of a solid body very well. We are impressed by the painting, while we wonder why the men and women painted on the cow’s body cry.
However, to our surprise, the most outstanding one is “Naked Cow” designed by Hiro Sugiyama. The theme is making it stand out without painting it. That is amazing.
The rest are from famous artists in Japan such as Katsuhiko Hibino, Hiroshi Senju, Terry Johnson, Gugi Akiyama and Mikangumi and local junior high school students produced a series of different art cows. Stopping by and looking at them, each face and character looks and feels different. You might even feel affection towards some of them! Possibly, every office worker, especially women, in Marunouchi might have their own favourite cow.
In an on-going auction, cows are looking for a master after this event.
Cow Parade Tokyo in Marunouchi 2003
Date: (Sat) 13 September – (Sun) 5 October, 2003
Place: Marunouchi, Tokyo (For more detail, please refer “Cow Map” in the following URL)