Yeo Valley organic make a giant cow on the hill out of cow poo

A Giant Cow on the Hill? Udderly fantastic!

Wednesday 25th September 2019

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, we’ve been talking cow poo!

We’ve worked with a group of local artists to create a cow made entirely of organic cow muck from our own farm. The finished article on the hill of the valley looks fantastic!

This giant cow took a team of artists wielding 3,000 buckets of poo, a week to complete and stands at 70 metres wide and 50 metres high! As much as we love her, she won’t be around for long, naturally degrading over a fortnight or so, leaving no trace behind.

This temporary art installation is a perfect way to mark 25 years of organic and will also help get the message across that organic farming works with and not against the natural environment.

We took the idea to the Heritage Courtyard Gallery here in Somerset and got Heather Jane Wallace involved in the project, she says ‘I’m a Somerset girl and my family are farmers so I really understand the message. Organic farming is so important for wildlife, healthy soil and tackling climate change.

It was exhausting carrying the buckets of poo up the steep hill. We used great big household brooms to paint it into the grass. It was a real challenge getting the scale right – from a distance we quickly realised that you can only make out great big shapes and not details like eye lashes.

Whoever said contemporary art is just a pile of poo??”

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