The Dashi Award, Special Design Event in China!


“CowParade” Creative Design Competition


Dash Award New

CowParade is pleased to announce its partnership with the prestigious Dashi Award, China’s national design competition.

The press conference to introduce the 19th National Design Dashi Award , ”CowParade” Creative Design Competition will be held at the famous Eslite Spectrum Suzhou in the city of Suzhou, China on May 3, 2017.

Prominent figures from field of design, the creative industry and art colleges, venture capital firms, and the media will be invited to attend.  The press conference will introduce the idea of the Dashi Award and will announce the competition rules for the Dashi Newcomers Award and the Special Prize.  The “Let Me Speak for the Dashi Award” event will be held with subjects related to how design can be integrated with innovative business models.

35 - MUCCA HIPPYThe Dashi Award this year highlights its collaboration with CowParade, the world’s largest and longest-running, public art event. The CowParade collaboration will connect the cultural and creative CowParade brand  with young, Chinese designers in an effort to connect the industry and academia, which has always been the purpose of the Dashi Award.  Life-size cows and CowParade art work from its worldwide events will be on display outside and inside Eslite Bookstore to educate the public about the CowParade movement within a relaxed setting.

The exhibit will last for one month, beginning May 2, 2017.  Also on display all be the Dayuan architectural models of renowned architect C.Y. Lee, who is a part of the “Let Me Speak for the Dashi Award” event. Those models will be on display from April 25 through May 4. Come to Eslite Bookstore to experience the charm of an international master of architecture!

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About the National Design Dashi Award

It is a design competition with the broadest scope, the greatest number of participants, and the longest history in China.

  • Since it was established in 1998, there have been 18 successful design competitions with a total of 104,154 entries, among which 15,584 have obtained national patents in industrial design and 5,300 have been awarded at the outstanding level or above.
  • Participants include students, teachers, professional designers, and others from more than 1,000 colleges/institutions in 23 provinces, 4 direct municipalities, 2 special administrative regions, and 4 autonomous regionsScreen 2017-04-24 at 3.57.31 PM
  • Entries participating in the competition range across graphic design, industrial products, environment landscapes, clothing, industrial art, animation design, and intelligent interactions
  • The theme of the competition is closely connected with the pulse of the time.  It allows the public to witness the impact of design on important stages of the development of China.  It has successfully collaborated closely with government institutions and well-known companies such as the Beijing Olympic Committee, the Shanghai EXPO, the Shanghai Pudong Region, the Zhangjiang Creativity Park, Siemens of Germany, Hong Kong Shui On Group, Jiangsu Little Swan, Zhejiang Guyue Longshan, Dongyang Woodcarving City, Jingde Zhen City and Taizhou City.
  • Judges are important domestic and international figures with great impact such as renowned professors, design masters, and industry leaders.  By adopting review standard and concepts with a global perspective, it impacts the direction of the development of design in China.

The competition’s mission is to be is the most authoritative design competition in China.

Media. In-depth reports by authoritative professional domestic media have generated broad and deep impact domestically and worldwide.

  • Broadcast media include CCTV-1, CCTV-4, CCTV-IO, CETV-1, Dragon Television, Jiangsu Television, Zhejiang Television, Shanghai Television, Shanghai Educational Television, China Educational Television, Travel Television, Fashion Group, Trends Group (Media Division),, iQIYI, Sina, NetEase, Sohu, Tencent, Tudou, Youku, Sina Weibo, CVUnion, China Youth News, Beijing News, Wen Hui Bao, Xinmin Afternoon News, Finance News, Waitan News, Xinhua Network, China Industrial Design Network, Decorating Magazine, Packaging and Design,, China Design Education Network, Design Online, Visual China, and Xingying Alliance,  reaching 200 million readers

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A Brand New Concept for the Dashi Award: BEST DESIGN, BEST YOU!

The 19th Dashi AwarDash Award Newd has a brand new concept, which is to connect successful business models with design education. This will allow young designers to further understand market demand and enhance their creative thinking.  At the same time the concept of globalization will connect the momentum of Chinese development to global creative resources through the evaluation of BEST DESIGN to discover the BEST YOU.

These Dashi Award are divided into two categories –  “New Graduate Award” and “Special CowParade Award”.  The “New Graduate Award” focuses on upcoming design graduates of art schools, collecting their graduate design pieces in seven areas, includi
ng graphic design, industrial products, environment landscapes, clothing, industrial art, animation design, and intelligent interactions.

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The “New Graduates Award” will include winners in six overall dimensions, including creativity, esthetics, functionality, experience, logic, and market.  Those with the most value in terms of commercial development, marketability, and potential to extend to other industries will be awarded the “Best New Graduate Award”.

The “Special CowParade Award” encompasses a broader range of participants, including students, teachers, and professional designers, to instill well-known international brand intellectual property with creative momentum and inspiration from China.

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About CowParade


“CowParade” is the largest and most successful public art exhibit, city marketing, and charity event worldwide.  It originates from the public art exhibit in Zurich in 1998.  In 1999, Jerry Elbuam, the founder of CowParade produced the first event in the USA in the city of Chicago. In 2000, New York held the largest CowParade to date, with 450 painted cows, which were seen by over 45 million people. The Chicago and New York events gave the CowParade brand international recognition. The event has since blossomed throughout the world and has been organized in over 80 cities.

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“Let Me Speak for the Dashi Award” Events

  • The “Let Me Speak for the Dashi Award” events will invite industry leaders who identify with the values and concept of the Dashi Awards to share the journey behind their “Best Design” and the ingenuity that allows them to achieve the “Best you”.  The founder of Fangtang Town, Wang Lijiang; the founder of Dashu Wujie, Song Yanbo; and the founder of CosmoLove of Trends Group, Leng Yuxuan will share with the audience their wonderful stories. At that time, the Dashi Award will sign a strategic agreement with Fangtang Town related to the “Let Me Speak for the Dashi Award” series of events.


  • Dayuan Architecture design model exhibit.  Looking back upon its path of growth, Dayuan Architecture has developed various architectural works with its distinctive professional ability.  Its most important achievement has been to provide different levels of services which vary by project, including urban and architectural planning, building and interior design.  Through its excellent design, it can resolve issues from all perspectives, and its familiarity with architectural technology allows the company to meet any challenge of overall planning and design in multiple arenas.

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CowParade SLO Auction News!


Here’s your opportunity to purchase your very own, life-size cow. The CowParade SLO auction is Saturday, May 6 and will benefit a variety of local non-profit organizations. Click Here to register today.

Quick Guide

Where is the Auction? The auction is in Santa Margarita, California a the beautiful ancient Peaks Winter. Click Here to learn more about this unique venue.

What Cows will be sold at the live auction? 25 cows will be sold at the live auction. In addition, a herd of mini moos and other life-size cows will be available for purchase as silent auction items. 

Can’t Attend but want a cow? Email Us at to receive an absentee bid form.

Will there be an online auction? Yes, the live auction cows are available for bidding now. Further, cows not sold at the live auction will go to an online only auction which will run for approximately 2 weeks.

Shipping. We will ship the cows throughout the continental U.S. Contact us today at for a shipping quote.


Final CowParade Surrey Hills Auction!

Don’t miss the chance to acquire a truly unique piece of art, as the remaining bovine beauties raise money for some very worthy causes at the final CowParade auction.

hampton-court-palace-hampton-courtf8o2969-757c8b948c4acdcfa7bb5da18311828aThe auction takes place during a glamorous evening at Hampton Court Palace on 17th November 2016. Starting at 6.30pm guests will be guided up the Kings staircase and greeted with a champagne reception in the Cartoon Gallery. This magnificent oak-panelled room overlooks the Fountain Garden where guests can gaze down at the beautiful grazing cows. Guests will then be guided to the Great Hall where a delicious three-course meal, courtesy of Rhubarb, will be served at 7.30pm before the final and most important phase of the CowParade gets underway – the gala auction.

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CowParade SLO Launches Sept. 17. Free Public Event!

San Luis Obispo County, located on California’s Central Coast halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, will be overrun with crazy cows this fall when it hosts CowParade, the world’s largest and most successful public art event. Read More…


CowParade Surrey Auctions! (1st One, Oct. 20)

The cows of Surrey Hills will be heSurreyHills-logoading off to auction to raise funds for many charities and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. Two auctions will take place as follows:

  1. 20th Oct. 2016: Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ
  2. 17th Nov. 2016: ‘Gala’ auction at Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU

Big cow, little cow: Young local artist works alongside hero Man One at Cow Parade

arts-lead-man-one-pic2-09-08When Just Looking Gallery director Ken McGavin decided to bring something different to the art community in San Luis Obispo about four years ago, he never thought it would change anyone’s life per se.


Featuring Artiste Christian Gastaldi (Paris)

Cow: Affichage Sauvache
Artist: Christian Gastaldi
Hometown: Sete (France) and Paris (France)
Event: CowParade Transhumance France 2015 (Paris)

Artist Chri486478_4638158233788_973874847_nstian Gastaldi is painter and mixed media artist. Raised in Sete, France,  along the shores of the Mediterranean, Christian now makes his home in Paris, France.  His paintings borrow colors and texture  from used and torn posters, magazines and other paper items.  His recent  work has been dominated by the use of posters collected from illegal postings in Paris known as “affichage sauvache” (translated, “wild or savage display”).  He is attracted by the ‘humanity’ and fragility perceived in this material which has suffered the passing of time.  The artist aims to magnify them through a restored graphic harmony – an artistic redemption.

His cow, Afficage Sauvache (or wild cow display) is a composition of illegal postings from posters and other media from the streets of Paris. You can find her in Paris, France from June 20 through August 18, 2015 at the Jardin d’Acclimation. She will be sold at auction in the fall of 2015 for the benefit of Les Restaurants du Cœur. Learn more…




Featuring Alice Laverty (Paris Event)

The magnificent A PORTÉE DE MAINS (“Fingertips”) by Alice Laverty shows off the artist at her finest and most playful, focusing on the form and features of the human hand and its fingertips.

About the Artist. Alice, born in 1983, lives and creates in Paris.  A graduate of the school of art and drawing, Emile Cohl in Lyon, she moved in 2013, in her first workshop. The same year, the house Dominique Stal at Drouot sold her first paintings and she received her official listing.

Playing on false classicism, Alice  seeks to gently strike the imagination, painting characters grappling with their emotions.  Her use of color represents various human emotions. Red, representing blood and heat, for example.  Her work is also replete with dual representation – In the flesh: the hardness of the blade immersed in the smoothness of the color of the oil. In the spirit: the background form of contrasts, subjects and actions, explicit and suggested.

She tries to say “emotion”  with minimal graphics means. The desired balance point is none other than the time the witness when he feels an emotion, and the artist believes that oil is the perfect substitute for it to embody humanity: sensual, inscrutable, brilliant.

In 2014, Alice participated in group exhibitions in Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine (92). Her next exhibition will be held in June at the “Fabrica del Vapore” in Milan where she will present twenty small canvases, medium and large format. Visit Alice at

The Making of A Portée de Mains (“Fingertips”)

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CowParade Niseko, Japan

CowParade Niseko, Japan 2015

CowParade Niseko 2015 will feature over 40 new cows created by top Japanese artists and designers. Set agaisnt the backdrop of Mt. Yotei – an active volcano similar to Mt. Fuji – the Niseko region is a feast for the eyes. In the winter,  the champagne powder snow and pristine ski slopes attract skiers and snowboarders from all over the world, and in summer visitors are drawn by the wide open countryside, farm-fresh produce and summer sporting activities. Click Here to visit the event website.