POSTED: April 8th 2009

CowParade backs Madrid bid

Bid leader Mercedes Coghen meets Madrid's latest supporter
Bid leader Mercedes Coghen meets Madrid's latest supporter

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

MADRID: CowParade Madrid is putting its own weight behind the Spanish capital's bid to host the 2016 Olympics - and demonstrated its commitment by presenting the Madrid 16 cow to bid leader Mercedes Coghen.

She said: “I am very grateful to CowParade for designing this cow and for remembering this project which is so exciting for everyone across Spain. Moreover, we are very happy that the people of Madrid will be able to enjoy the Madrid 16 cow as part of the Olympic dream.

"The cow is a delightful representative of our bid and another symbol of the perfect union between culture and sport. I hope that it will also bring us much luck and that the members of the IOC evaluation commission will be able to enjoy her when they visit Madrid in May."

More than 100 fibreglass cows invaded Madrid at the beginning of the year as part of CowParade, one of the largest and most successful public art events in the world. 

Displayed across the city centre the cows, designed by local artists of all ages, are inspired by past events, cultural influences and the history of each host city. 
What is important to Madrid, and reflected in the design of the cows, is life, dance, food, flowers, friends, traditional dress, music and the dream of hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Madrid 16 cow, which until now has grazed in the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid’s city centre, was designed by local artist Nuria F Gamboa using the colours of the Madrid 2016 logo.

José Cardoso, director of CowParade, urged Madrid residents to support the charitable auction of the 60 CowParade cows which will take place on April 16 in aid of charities across Spain and around the world.

CowParade auctions have taked place in more than 50 major cities and raising more than €13m for charity. Personalities who have adopted a cow include Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, Ringo Starr, Nelson Mandela and the King of Jordan.

Keywords · Madrid · Olympic Games · 2016 · CowParade

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