Leading heritage insurer, Ecclesiastical, is commemorating the 300th birthday of Capability Brown by painting a life-size cow.
The cow, designed by Bristol based artist Emily Ketteringham on behalf of Ecclesiastical Insurance and specialist insurance brokers, Robins Row, will join the Surrey Hills Cow Parade – a free art event held between June and August this year.
Emily is no stranger to unusual requests, having previously been involved in Bristol’s Shaun in the City and Gromit Unleashed projects. The specialist insurer challenged her to come up with a design that celebrated the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown.
Emily’s design features key elements that can be found in many Capability Brown gardens, including an iconic-domed temple, a kitchen garden and a rhododendron walk. She has also found space to include the tools that the famous landscape artist would have used to create his masterpieces.
The cow made a short stop at Blenheim Palace before being transported to the National Trust’s Claremont Landscape Gardens where it will ‘graze’ for the summer before being auctioned for charity. After suggestions from the public she has been christened 'Claremoo'.
A spokeswoman for Ecclesiastical, said: “Capability Brown has had such a huge influence on the English landscape and on so many of the properties that we insure, so we are using his work as our inspiration for the design.
“As a specialist insurer in the art, heritage, charity and education sectors this event supports so many areas of our business and provides us with a great opportunity to raise money for charity too.”
You can see a video of Emily painting the cow on YouTube.