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The Concrete Cows (Milton Keynes)
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The Concrete Cows (Milton Keynes)
Advantages: A quirky novelty that's free to visit.
Disadvantages: Not going to entertain you or the kids for very long.
Living in Milton Keynes, I personally love our concrete cows. They're kind of quirky and have, over the years, become a bit of place for jokey fun.
There are six in total, three adult cows and three calves, and they are indeed made of concrete. They're painted black and white in the style of Friesians, and are placed in a small grass area kind of where you might expect to see cows. There's paths close by for walking and cycling so you can get to them, and they can also be seen from the H3 (Horizontal Road way running through Milton Keynes which is laid out like a grid with H roads and V - vertical - roads).
As An Attraction
To be honest, these are like most statues not very exciting as a thing to visit. Yes, you can take a photo or two, you can even climb on the back of one and pretend to ride it, but I wouldn't suggest them as a place to go JUST to see the cows. The river is nearby, and there's places to picnic so much better to just go for a walk or picnic in that area and stop and admire/laugh at them in passing as it were I think.
The History of the Cows
The cows were created by Liz Leyh back in 1978 when Milton Keynes was just coming to life, and were donated to the city. Liz created them at Stacey Hill Museum which in its early years was where a number of crafters, artists and writers created their works, and which later Milton Keynes Museum as we know it today.
As I mentioned at the beginning, over the years, these cows have become a bit of a symbol for fun in MK. They've been painted various colours over the years including being 'dressed' in painted on pajamas, one was once kidnapped and a ransom note sent to the local paper for it, and one time some university students created an extra cow - well a bull in fact - and placed it in the field with the cows so it could be seen errr well mounting one of them!
I've grown up in MK since I was 10, and have both loved and hated it over the years when people have said things like 'Oh MK - don't you have concrete cows there?' For a time it bugged me that it was all people thought about the city (well large town - we still don't have city status officially!), but now as a more mature adult, I can see the fun in them and in having a concrete cow as a symbol for a city growing up where once was farm land were cattle grazed.
In terms of being a place of interest to visit, well if you're coming to MK and you're going to go and visit Milton Keynes Museum where they were created, then taking a walk or a drive by them might be a nice idea on a sunny day. However, I wouldn't really advise you to go out of your way to find them or to visit MK just to see them, as they're just another slightly odd sculpture really.
*btw, the title of this review is the headline that appeared in our local newspaper when one of the cows had been stolen and was held to ransom!
Summary: A bit of fun and something that no other large town or city has got.