CB1 – the new city quarter for Cambridge


2 August 2021

Meet the newest residents joining CB1

Cows About Cambridge attracts residents and visitors alike to explore the city on a sculpture-based journey through Cambridge. Running for 10 weeks, the trail features 90 cows – including 44 life-size cows which have been individually designed by artists – and 46 ‘mini moos’ which have been decorated by schools and community groups. Please meet the four CB1 resident cows, the artists behind the design and the businesses that sponsor them.

The Botanicow

Artist: Heloise Toop
Sponsored by: Clayton Hotel Cambridge

Designed by local portrait painter Heloise Toop, the inspiration for The Botanicow comes from the much-loved Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Toop’s design includes iconic plants and structures found in the grounds, as well as the nine National Plant Collections held by the Garden which is located in touching distance from  the cow’s sponsor, The Clayton Hotel Cambridge on Station Road.

The Botanicow is Heloise Toop’s first commissioned work featuring an animal rather than a human, with the Cambridge- based artist’s typical trade being portrait painting rather than sculpting. Such was the precision required to capture the Botanic Garden, the sculpture took over 100 hours to paint.


Top Cow

Artist: Rosalind Harrison
Sponsored by: Deloitte

Multi-disciplinary artist and Cambridge local Rosalind Harrison’s Top Cow drew inspiration from society’s growing awareness of the need to re-use and repurpose materials. The cow is covered in plastic milk bottle tops to cover the cow. The design is not only colourful and fun but evokes a deeper message about single-use plastic waste. This cow is located at the entrance to One Station Square on Station Road, and is sponsored by One Station Road tenant Deloitte, who themselves have pledged a commitment to promoting environmental sustainability.


The Bovine Line

Artist: Phil Daniels
Sponsored by: Greater Anglia

The design for the Bovine Line is inspired by the picturesque views and countryside seen from the trains that travel the railway line between Norwich and Cambridge. The sculpture is appropriately located outside Cambridge Station, with train operating company, Greater Anglia taking up sponsorship of The Bovine Line.

The Bovine Line is designed by internationally acclaimed Norfolk-based artist Phil Daniels. He has received worldwide recognition for his paintings of wildlife, landscapes, and other varied works. An art teacher, Phil teaches at schools, colleges, art groups and conducts charity work teaching children in Africa. His street sculpture art has raised funds for Wild in Art, Break, and many other charities.


Around the City

Artist: Sian Ellis
Sponsored by: ThamesLink

Around the City is inspired by Cambridge itself; particularly the green belt around the city and the cows that roam free in the fields. The design, which she wrapped up in 2019, features iconic landmarks and local homes. Ellis is incredibly happy that the trail will be raising money for the Break charity and is a keen supporter of their work with young people. This cow is sponsored by main-line route Thameslink and Sian has also teamed up with mental health focused charity Mind to paint a second mini sculpture for the trail.

Sheffield-based illustrator and mural artist Sian Ellis, who goes by the name “This Is Sian Ellis,” is no stranger to creating sculptures for different art trails for cities across England. She has designed other sculptures including: the Bears of Sheffield, Big Trunk Trail Luton and many more.


In partnership with Cambridge BID, Break charity and Thameslink, Cows about Cambridge is brought to Cambridge by event producers, Wild in Art. Following the end of the trail on 4th September, there will be a final farewell event at The Grafton on 18-19th September before the cows are auctioned off to raise money for Break charity.


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