Public art of the bovine variety: the GWH cow

Cow sculpture at Great Western  Hospital

Cow sculpture at Great Western Hospital

Whenever I see this cow sculpture it makes me smile and think of one of my favourite Ogden Nash poems:

Two cows, mildly mooing:

No bull; nothing doing’

Which, if you think about it, is a masterclass in understatement.

As is:

‘The cow is of the bovine ilk;

One end is moo, the other milk’

Anyway, I just like that it’s there. Though why a cow exactly? Any particular reason for that, do we know?

19/07/2013: UPDATE: well, while we might not  know why exactly it’s a cow rather than any other animal we do now know, thanks to a comment on the blog,  this: It used to be at PMH, in an internal courtyard/garden as I remember, and was moved from there when GWH opened. Don’t remember exactly how long it had been there, only that it appeared some time between 1983 and 1990 (dates I worked at PMH).

And the commentor has kindly provided a link to the Swindon flicker collection showing the cow in its original home: http://www.flickr.com/photos/swindonlocal/6835426477/

and also: http://www.flickr.com/photos/swindonlocal/6835426487/in/photostream/

Thank you so much for that. Brilliant!

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6 responses to “Public art of the bovine variety: the GWH cow”

  1. Margie says :

    Just found this in the Central Library’s Flickr collection. Hope it will link.
    1987: 'Cow' by Tom Gleeson, Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon (2)

  2. Margie says :

    It used to be at PMH, in an internal courtyard/garden as I remember, and was moved from there when GWH opened. Don’t remember exactly how long it had been there, only that it appeared some time between 1983 and 1990 (dates I worked at PMH).

    • amaatk123 says :

      Hello Margie

      Thanks for your comment – that’s really good to hear. I like that. It didn’t get discard but was re-sited. Brilliant! 🙂

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