Milton Keynes’ world-famous concrete cows are to moo-ve back to the place of their birth at MK Museum later this month.
The introduction of a new community arts space at intu Milton Keynes means a move for the cows, created by Canadian artist Liz Leyh with local schoolchildren at Milton Keynes Museum in 1978.
Now the cows are set to live out their later years back on the green, green grass of home - at the Museum’s Stacey Bushes site. Their return also means a reunion with the Museum’s snowman, created by Leyh during her residency.
Both these original cows, and the replicas grazing alongside the H3 Monks Way at Bancroft, are in the care of Milton Keynes Parks Trust – who’ve arranged their move home in partnership with intu.
Said Museum Director Bill Griffiths: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the concrete cows back home for our visitors to enjoy. Within the next few years, our new galleries will be telling the whole story of this area, from pre-history through to the present time and the cows are an important part of the story. It’s fitting that they will be taking their place alongside other great iconic moments, monuments, stories, people and organisations.
“We’d like to thank everyone at intu Milton Keynes for looking after them so well and to The Parks Trust who jointly agreed, with intu, for them to return to their original grounds.”
Briony Fox, Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust said: “It is great to see the concrete cows returning to their pastoral home at MK Museum after the bustle of intu Milton Keynes. The cows are an enduring symbol of Milton Keynes, and being on show at the museum will allow people to enjoy the original artwork in their original setting. “
Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes said: “We are honoured that our customers have been able to enjoy the concrete cows at intu Milton Keynes for such a long time. With the space they occupied being turned into a new community events area we are sad to see them go but excited their legacy will remain protected in the safe hands of the MK Museum.”