Udderly Moo-velous Makeover for city’s famous Concrete Cows
You may have seen or herd about missing Friesian patches, as MK’s most famous residents underwent some much-needed moo-tenance. The temporary milk-white primer replaced the old, chipped paint, in preparation for a fresh new coat!
As one of more than 30 pieces of public art in MK’s parks, the refurbishment of Bill Billings’ 1979 replica herd at Bancroft has been led by The Parks Trust, the self-funding charity caring for greenspaces across Milton Keynes. Local artists Emma Wilde and Aaron Head have now completed repainting the cattle in a new matte finish, closely following the markings of Liz Leyh’s original herd, now housed at MK Museum.
Emma says “It has been lovely to work on a project so close to home. My parents moved to Milton Keynes in the 1970’s so I have fond memories of visiting the Concrete Cows when I was younger. Whilst we were repainting them, it was great to chat to people passing by about how well loved they are and how much fun they bring – I hope that residents and visitors will enjoy their new look!”
This is the second transformative project this year to restore and conserve MK’s historic public art, following the Triceratops refurbishment in May. You can discover more of the Public Art collection on the Parks Trust website.