New Book Celebrates CowParade New York

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NEW YORK--As part of the public art phenomenon known as CowParade New York 2000, more that 500 life-sized fiberglass cows made themselves comfortable over the summer in parks, plazas and other public places throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The colorful images, spirit and behind-thescenes stories of the cows grazing in the urban pastures of New York City have been brought together in CowParade New York, a new book published by Workman Publishing.

Hundreds of artists and designers, ranging from public elementary students to some of the city's best-known, such as Peter Max, LeRoy Neiman and Michael Graves, helped to capture the imagination of locals and visitors alike with their fanciful creatures. CowParade New York shares their inspirations and techniques, such as:

Edwina Sandys, whose "Moobile Library" was situated outside the New York Public Library, invited authors whose books appear on the cow to stop by and autograph them. They included John Berendt, Arlene Dahl, Bel Kaufman and Jill Spalding.

Jeffery Conroy used more than 10,000 pieces of iridescent glass to cover "Cowleidescope."

Holly Beckett covered her cow with the complete works of Shakespeare taken page-by-page from an antique edition she purchased at a sale of old books. …