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Over the moon

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Hot on the heels of the London Architecture Biennale (25,000 people attended) and its display of live cows, Manchester has turned to the same theme in an art context for its 'CowParade' event.This features no less than 150 cows appearing on streets, squares and buildings during the next three months, and continues a public art event which has become a worldwide phenomenon, having already take place in New York, Zurich and Sydney. Architects who have 'designed' cows include Will Alsop (it's that man again), Norman Foster (his 'Urban Cow' comprises elements that make up urban living today), and Glen Howells. The latter has produced a cow with a mosaic pattern from circular tiles, 'thus allowing the architect to follow the contours of the cow resulting in a surface with a constantly shifting plane'. The cow's name is quite a good joke, taken as it is from the shopping centre destroyed by enemy (IRA) action not so long ago: 'Arndale'.

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