Swiss-born artist Pascal Knapp is the creator of the three
cow sculptures used in CowParade New York 2000 and CowParade Chicago 1999
and the upcoming events in Kansas City, Houston and London. Mr. Knapp,
who now resides in the state of New York, originally sculpted the cows for "Land
Ahoy Off to Zurich", a public art event staged in Zurich,
Switzerland in 1998.
In December of 1996, Pascals father, Walter Knapp
(an artist in his own right, and originator of the cow parade concept,)
asked Pascal to design a life-size cow which in fiberglass form would function as a unique,
three dimensional canvas for artists participating in the proposed Zurich art exhibition.
Pascal accepted the assignment and, for the next five weeks spent in Switzerland,
worked tirelessly on the very first cow sculpture, a standing cow with its head up.
He began by constructing an armature of wood, styrofoam and wire mesh. After many modifications
and about two tons of modeling clay, he achieved his finshed sculpture.
The completed prototype retained the friendly cow appearance while at the same time significantly
deviating from the actual cow anatomy to produce surfaces, angles and curves which would serve to
challenge and inspire the artist. It was so well received that the Zurich Retailers Association,
which was sponsoring the Zurich event, almost immediately approved the production of the mold from
which the fiberglass copies of the clay model later were made. In the summer of 1997, Pascal began
the laborious process once again and created the clay models of the reclining and grazing cows which
complimented the initial cow sculpture.
The three Pascal Knapp sculptures now have been utilized by several thousand artists throughout the
world. No two paintings are alike. Pascal, by virtue of his creative genius, has introduced an
entirely new art form which has been readily accepted by artists.