There are 40 painted cows in various locations (see previous post) in the City of Perth and surrounding areas that make up Cow Parade Perth 2016. This one which is outside Council House in St George’s Terrace has a literary connection, and is titled “Laozi’s Cow and the Excellence of Water”. Artist, Gregory Pryor, has referred to the famous Chinese philosopher, Laozi, who was known to ride around on a cow or water buffalo. Laozi’s text, the “Tao Te Ching” contains many famous sayings, including the following one which refers to water.
“The best people are like water, which benefits all things and does not compete with them. It stays in lowly places that others reject. This is why it is so similar to the Way.”