Cow Parade這個活動已經有超過十五年以上的歷史。打從知道這個公共藝術活動以來，就對它一直很好奇，滿腦子有著許多問號，想看看一個城市要怎麼被牛群給入侵…2005年底，這活動終於到了一個離家不太遠的城市 – 佛羅倫斯。從知道牛群要入侵佛羅倫斯以後，我便打定要專程到佛羅倫斯看牛。
The event “Cow Parade” has a history of more than 15 years. I’ve been curious about it since I got to know its existence. There’re lots of question marks in my mind, and I want to know how a cowherd can invade a city. At the end of 2005, it finally arrived a reachable place – Florence. Since I got to know about the news, I made up my mind that I’d go to Florence for cow hunting.
I haven’t been so excited for a while. Actually I don’t know why I just couldn’t fall asleep, maybe because we planned to leave home around 7am, maybe because I’ve been looking forward to seeing it for such a long time. When we left home, the sky was clear with pinky blue. Even though it’s minus three degrees, my mind gradually waked up with the rising sun.
We arrived Florence before noon. However, we mistakenly evaluate the traffic in the Florence city and we happened to go during the Pitti Fashion Show. It seems to me that I’ve returned to east Taipei in traffic hour before the MRT was completed. It took us about two hours to park! What can we say? It’s us that chose to come at this time of the year.
After we finished our lunch, we went to the information center to get a map and started our cow hunting.
Basically I was disappointed by this event. One reason is because the indications as to where the cowherds are located are not very clear. So we missed more than half of the pieces (though our unstopping walk from 2-7pm only brought us through half of the collection). The other reason is through this event I saw how low people’s civil senses are. What I called “people” here is not indicated only to Italians. After all, Florence is a popular and tourist city, and most of the people in city center are foreigners. American girls jumped onto a piece to take photos, Japanese man slapped the cow butt when walking by, and almost every piece of work encountered vandalism. I was really feeling sorry about what I saw.
The event itself is not as good as I expected. It’s probably because I was expecting to see more promotion and actually “celebration” of public arts and less vandalism. Complaints apart, I still took some photos as remembrance and if you’re interested please clink on the link to visit my photo album.
Cow Parade Official Site