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Da Horse Model outside da Hunt Museum in Limerick

Da Horse Model outside da Hunt Museum in Limerick

Limerick Corridor Art with the help of nine young people designed and painted "Da Horse Outside". The design patterns and images used on the life size equine prop were all influenced by the permanent collection in Limericks Hunt Museum.

Horse art

Horse art

Painting the horse model was a fun and innovative programme of workshops, exhibitions and events aimed at bringing history to local groups in new and exciting ways.

Painted Horse

Painted Horse

The finished installation stood in the forecourt of the distinctive Hunt Museum until it was due to be auctioned to raise money for future art projects. However, the life size Horse model was so popular and photographed so much - "it was like a local celebrity..." - that the in the end, the Museum decided to keep it !

FRESH `N LO - a cycling we will go ...

FRESH `N LO - a cycling we will go ...

Pedal for Scotland is the biggest and fastest growing cycling event in Scotland. It`s a 51 mile cycle ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh , taking participants on a scenic tour of the back roads and cycle paths between Scotland's two major cities. Over 9000 participants saddled up for the fun and active day out with colleagues, friends and family.

As the main sponsor; Fresh `n Lo jumped back in the saddle to support the new and improved version this year. In marketing the event to a wide audience, Bella the Model Milking Cow and her model calf accompanied by top professional stunt cyclist; Danny Macaskill; were used extensively in the media throughout the event.


LATITUDE FESTIVAL MODEL SHEEP STORY...

LATITUDE FESTIVAL MODEL SHEEP STORY...

Latitude Festivalsheep-pink-tiny.oneThe 5th Edition of Latitude Festival took place at its habitual home in Suffolk again incorporating the very latest music and arts. The iconic multi-coloured sheep have come to symobolise the event;representing the diversity of the cream of the crop from comedy, theatre, literary, cabaret, film and art.


Pink Sheep

Pink Sheep

So it should not have come as a complete surprise when the organisers contacted us to supply a flock of fibreglass model sheep which were transformed into a variety of different colours for the hugely successful summer event.


JERSEY COW STORY...

JERSEY COW STORY...

JERSEY COW STORY...

In 2008 the island of Jersey, saw the first importation of a life size Jersey Milking Cow onto the island in decades....

The purity of the breed on the Island has been maintained by a strict ban on imports . This ban has been in place for some 150 years. There are no other breeds of the cattle on the Island.

We were therefore pleased to be commissioned to produce a fully functioning model milking Jersey cow for the main Adventure Park on the island.

The cow has been a massive success with visitors to the Channel Island; especially with the children.

And in the following year 2009; the park was a finalist in the National Farm Attraction of the Year award.


TURNING PIGS BLUE...

TURNING PIGS BLUE...

Having recently purchased a pub called The Blue Boar; one of our clients` then embarked on a marketing exercise to bring the business to the attention of the public.

And not surprisingly, he went the whole hog and came knocking on our door looking for a blue boar model.

Obviously this is not a standard colour for a pig; so our artist undertook a commission according to the client`s brief; matching the paint to a pantone colour.

The client was delighted with the final outcome; taking the lifesize model boar "Out on Tour" as a marketing tool, thereby raising awareness of the pub.


A COO ON THE ROOF

A COO ON THE ROOF

After winning a couple of national competitions with this surreal image of the cow on the roof of the Horn Milk Bar , amateur photographer Garry Peters, submitted it to the Scotland on Sunday.

The eye-catching photo featured in the SPECTRUM magazine in August 2007.


SHEEP RUSTLING

SHEEP RUSTLING

Beware sheep rustlers operating in Oxfordshire…

One of our clients purchased a small flock to enhance the driveway leading to his estate. Unfortunately, one of his flock suddenly disappeared one evening. Over the following few weeks our client received a series of ransom demands via his mobile phone. These were accompanied by photos on the phone of the woolly beast in compromising situations…..

The “victim” recognised the initial shots of his sheep being photographed having a drink in a couple of his local hostelries….. This was followed by a scene of the sheep lying on a hotel bed surrounded by a number of empty champagne bottles…The series of photographs continued with the sheep handcuffed outside a police station - being interviewed inside the station by the desk sergeant - and on the park & ride bus going into Chipping Norton. The clinching shot for the victim , was the sheep being led into the butchers` shop……

The last we heard, he was attempting to "meat" the "ransom demands" in order to restore the sheep back into the flock.… then track down his mates who carried out this callous act !


Pink cows in Dublin

Pink cows in Dublin

MOOVING ON UP... Every day throughout November and December, a bright pink six foot high plastic cow visited locations all over Dublin city on the back of a trailer, accompanied by a couple of bright pink Mini Cars.Voted Dublin`s top music radio station at the recent PPI radio awards, SPIN 1038 got their listeners in a real spin after launching a brand new competition with cash prizes featuring : THE CASH COW .

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Standing out like a bright, pink beacon, on the side of the CASH COW was a CASH COW CODE WORD . Listeners were given clues as to the rough vicinity of the cow, and were then required to track her down in order to identify the Code Word for that day. Once they have the CASH COW CODE WORD, listeners were required to text it to the radio station in order to give them the chance to milk the cow for cash .....

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SPIN 1038`s Marketing Manager Jamie Crawford enthused.... "Feedback from the streets of Dublin has been phenomenal. The whole concept of THE CASH COW has not only massively increased awareness of our radio station and made everyone smile , but perfectly illustrated our fresh and innovative style"

MISS BERMOODA

MISS BERMOODA

Autumn 2006 - soon it will be Xmas , and your office in Bermuda has just been challenged by your London counterparts to buy the other the most unusual christmas present ever.

The creative minds across the Atlantic had to think...

what could Bermuda possibly send to London that would be unforgettable ....? how could we also provide a unique and everlasting marketing tool... ? [The London Office of Lancashire Insurance should have guessed that their colleagues would obviously know a thing or two about "Secret Santa" .... ]

One phone call later, and the unanimous (and obvious) choice of a large life size plastic cow was commissioned; complete with unique Lancashire Insurance corporate design.

Art Animals were given an open design brief , only specifying that Miss Bermoo-da should be tastefully branded for marketing purposes. After much brain-storming, our final concept and colour scheme of ..... "Every cloud..." met with unanimous approval from the Bermudan Office, and our artist set to work.

Luckily, the service lift which goes to the 11th floor of the London Office in the city centre was just big enough to fit a life size model cow diagonally across.The lift attendant reckoned history had been created as he ... " had never had a cow in the lift before ." As she arrived, the weekly phone conference call between the two offices of Lancashire Insurance was underway.Like a scene from Monty Python, the model cow rose up through the floor in the glass lift, to stand in front of the meeting room.

The office erupted into chaos , as staff in London struggled to come to terms with their " is that really a cow ? " xmas present, while their contemporaries in Bermuda maintained a professional manner on the end of the phone (smugly)... There is now a swell of opinion within the boardroom that Miss Bermoo-da should feature somewhere in the annual report . This would certainly be our first animal to appear in the Annual Report of a billion dollar public company !! Of course, she may then have to be classed as the "Six Billion Dollar Cow" !


Katie's Coo

Katie's Coo

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2005 was the venue for the launch of KATIE`S COO " ... a delightful board book containing some much loved traditional Scots rhymes along with a few that are less well-known specifically for babies and very young children ..."

Jack McConnell

Jack McConnell

At the time, Scotland`s First Minister Jack McConnell, was on hand to give his personal support to the publication.

As an ex-teacher, he felt sure that bairns would love the combination of Scots words, sounds and illustrations.


Superdrug

Superdrug

Health & beauty products giant, Superdrug, launched a new brand at their Annual Conference in Birmingham.


"Messy Cow - Udderly Organised"

"Messy Cow - Udderly Organised" appeared shortly after in all branches. Having received the design guidelines , our artist then set about transforming one of our girls into a Messy Cow - she even has a wee hole bored to strategically put a flower in her mouth...

The funky new brand which combined a dark brown with two tone pink flowers went down a storm with the delegates who wanted to take the Messy Conference Cow home...

Badger Brewery

Badger Brewery

At the, Great British Beer Festival 2005, Badger Brewery wanted to take a small piece of Dorset to London. Their amazing stand consisted of a cob cottage, some dry stone walls, trees, a replica Cerne Abbas giant and a cow affectionately named "Buttercup" .The display helped build the brand values of Dorset and the countryside.

Badger Brewery"...The cow allowed us to give a different focus for our stand, and allowed us to run a promotion where you could “win a cow”, the cow in this case was not Buttercup but a side of Prime Dorset Beef.


BBC Good Food Show

BBC Good Food Show

We also took Buttercup to the , where again the whole countryside stand made a good impact and the cow helped add to the countryside feel.

Buttercup looks great, is a good focal point and is extremely well painted...."

Reuben Horsley , Marketing Executive, Hall & Woodhouse Ltd.


The Scotsman

The Scotsman

The UK`s 5 Star Hotel of the Year 2003, The Scotsman - in Edinburgh, operate a luxury spa & health club called the COWSHED . A cow was customised to incorporate the COWSHED branding by our artists, and subsequently arrived at the club to cast an eye over guests enduring their workouts !

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Cowshed continued

Promotion soon beckoned, and she now greets members and guests as they arrive to check in @ reception.

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Cowshed continued

"The cow has been a absolutely massive hit , and for some unknown reason, it`s now become a ritual by our members that they have to pat the cow`s backside before a workout - allegedly to give them strength...!!"

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Cowshed continued

Steve Hales , Escape Health Club Manager, Scotsman Hotel

Coombe Farm

Coombe Farm

 Coombe Farm CowThe Coombe Farm Cow was presented to Chairperson, Nancy Ralphes, on her 75th birthday to commemorate 50 years of service at Coombe Farm.

It occupies pride of place overlooking the site and greeting visitors as they arrive.

Nancy has christened the cow ‘Clover' in recognition of the fact that most of Coombe Farm's own dairy farms have now converted to organic milk production.


Aberdeen Agnes

Aberdeen Agnes

Aberdeen-Agnes-logoNeil McConachie wanted to surprise his pal Alistair Hamilton with a stunt that everyone would remember...

Knowing Ali was a die hard Aberdeen Football Club supporter, he commissioned a cow to be painted in the Aberdeen colours, complete with HAMILTON and the number 5 emblazoned on the back of the cow...


Aberdeen Agnes

Aberdeen Agnes

Complete with an autographed football (courtesy of Aberdeen FC) , "Aberdeen Agnes" was placed on Alistair`s lawn outside his house in an upmarket area of Livingston. Spotlights were added to give "Agnes" that film star look... By the time Ali arrived home from work, a possee of friends invited around by his wife Rona, were hidden from view ready to watch the fun.

Gazing at the totally surreal scene confronting him, the clearly dumbfounded and bemused Ali stood for 10 minutes shaking his head, then eventually muttered "Bizarre, a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y bizarre........fit`s this aw aboot ?"

Agnes remained in the garden for a week attracting enormous interest ; including 50 pupils from a local primary school who wanted to know why there was a life size red cow in the Hamiltons` garden ??

"It wis the best presint av ever had.........." said Ali after finally overcoming the shock.

He also featured with Agnes in the Match Programme of Aberdeen FC `s next home match.


The Horn Restaurant

The Horn Restaurant

The-Horn RestaurantCausing quite a stir ...  seen at  The Horn Restaurant adjacent to the A90 Perth to Dundee road, the largest herd of Art Animals ... and now  have already become a major topic of conversation in Tayside and beyond.


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One of the cows now stands proudly on top of the restaurant resplendent in her customised global livery, and has just featured in a book...


"PULL THE UDDER ONE - ARE THESE COWS FOR REAL ?

.... Bemused commuters have been pulling over all weekend to discover if the cows are really real ..."

Press & Journal, ( Front Page) June 16th 2003


Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland

Bank of ScotlandAppearing alongside Angela Anderson (HBOS adverts) at the Royal Highland Show since 2003, this cash cow proved particularly popular with the agricultural customers.


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This attractive life size plastic cow now appears annually at AgriScot, the premier winter event in the UK agriculture diary. Taking place 500 metres from Edinburgh Airport at the Royal Highland Centre in November, she looks forward to welcoming the farming community, as the popular figurehead of the major sponsor.

PERTH AGRICULTURAL SHOW

PERTH AGRICULTURAL SHOW

PERTH AGRICULTURAL SHOW takes place annually on the first weekend in August. In order to maximise exposure of the big event, the Society hired a cow which attracted huge local media attention. Artwork was undertaken by Art Animals resident artist ; Anne Eccles,outside the Society offices in Perth.

Show Secretary, Hazel McFadzean exclaimed "It must be the best advertising we have ever had..."

Courier & Advertiser July 16th 2003


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Subsequently christened Bertha, the "Blue Coo" was purchased in 2004 to be used as the Show Mascot, and gained maximum exposure for the event by "appearing" at venues all over the region in the build up to the Show. Recognising Bertha`s unique appeal , in 2005 the Directors had the foresight to increase the herd by purchasing a bull calf - as featured in the Courier newspaper.


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Perth Show continued

Alongside a media campaign similar to the previous years`,a competition was held involving local schools naming the calf. Show Secretary Neil Forbes has already felt the impact: "After the overwhelming response I`m thinking of applying for the job of Registrar of Births ..."

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Perth Show continued

Every year, thousands of visitors descend on the Fair City`s South Inch , the traditional fairground in Perth for a two-day crowd-puller. Continued great summer weather ensured that the town-meets-country event remains as popular as ever. Bertha the Cow Mascot, and her calf view proceedings from the roof of the Secretary`s Office; enjoying a "cows-eye" view of the entertainment in the main ring.

Assistant Secretary Vikki Robb commented : " ...Our cow Bertha is now a firm favourite with the Perth public who instantly recognise her and her association with Perth Show. Standing on top the Secretary`s Office, she certainly catches the eye from her grandstand view ..."


American Model Cows

American Model Cows

WORLD DAIRY EXPO

WORLD DAIRY EXPO based at Dane County Coliseum , Madison WI., USA, took delivery of two cows "Daisy" & "Fleur" to assist in promotional activities. As the 2004 Expo theme was "Breeds in Bloom" , one of their main tasks was to appear in the main ring.

Prior to the event, Daisy can be seen checking into her hotel room @ Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza on her way to the coliseum, while Fleur feeling peckish, is pictured studying the (strictly vegetarian) menu outside the hotel`s restaurant...


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Next day it was down to business, where the cows made a major impact with the audience in the huge judging ring.

The Guernsey Journal subsequently featured our two mooovie pin-ups on the front page of their next edition...


PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW

PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW

The annual Pennsylvania Farm Show is held at the Harrisburg Complex. In 2004, A small herd of Art Animals` cows in attendance included a fully functional milking version called Penny .

"Penny the Milking Cow"

Situated on the Department of Agriculture Stand, Penny was an unqualified success , as a continual queue of kids (big & small) waited their turn to milk her. "Kids were fascinated by Penny the Milking Cow," said Bob Strathie (Penny`s herdsman) " it`s real purpose is to give kids an idea of what a real cow is like without the risks. It was surprising just how many of the parents who previously milked by hand taught ther children how to milk - and milk properly."

Penny the Milking Cow will now be used in educational programmes by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.


Cattle Exchange Plastic Cow Auction

Cattle Exchange Plastic Cow Auction

The Cattle Exchange hosted their holiday dairy auction sale at Intercourse PA on Friday 20th December 2003. The big white barn just outside town was the venue for an exciting and fun time following a last minute addition to the catalogue.

"These cows are definitely something new and something different, and we think will really appeal to everyone" enthused the ever popular auctioneer Dave Rama ."When we heard about these cows we just had to have one in the sale - I`ve christened her Merry - not for Xmas but because she`s a beauty just like my wife" joked Dave. "Just imagine the impact she could have on your business ...."


The All American Dairy Show

The All American Dairy Show

Art Animals were successfully launched at 'The All American Dairy Show' , held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg during September 2003. Although Hurricane Isabel delayed their arrival somewhat, the animals received an extremely enthusiastic welcome from visitors to the show as well as from the Department of Agriculture.

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary, Hon Dennis C Wolff commented "These cows closely resemble the breeds they are painted to represent.

The interesting thing about the cows is that they can be equipped to enable children to milk them. This creates an excellent educational opportunity for children who would not otherwise be exposed to agriculture in this way."

Artist Anne Eccles who was on hand to paint the cows; made an appearance on FOX 43 News at Ten as well as in the local media. The cows were also featured in the Holstein World.

 

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