Concrete Cows – Milton Keynes, England - Atlas Obscura

Concrete Cows

Loughton Valley Park

A herd of half-sized cow sculptures has stood in this part for nearly 50 years. 

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The Concrete Cows in Milton Keynes, England, are an iconic work of sculpture, created in 1978 by the American artist Liz Leyh. There are three cows and three calves, approximately half the size of their living counterparts.

Though the herd’s home is in Loughton Valley Park, over the years they have been known to travel. One taking a journey and popping up across the U.K. Some were briefly moved when the new shopping was built and they were given pride of place in the middle.

Icons of the new city, there are actually two sets of Concrete Cows. The cows that call Bancroft Park home are the replica second set created by Bill Billings due to the original set, created by artist Liz Leyh with the community for the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, being quite delicate. The original herd can be found in their new home at Milton Keynes Museum in Wolverton.

Like the Triceratops created by Bill Billings at Peartree Bridge, the Concrete Cows were created from concrete and chicken wire.

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