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, but 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 commenter has kindly provided a link to the Swindon flicker collection showing the cow in its original home - and also here.

Thank you so much for that. Brilliant!