Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England, was designated as a ‘New Town’ in 1967. Among the projects that this inspired was the 1978 open-air sculpture of six concrete cows, half the size of real ones. They are hollow inside and have been vandalised by pranksters in various ways over the years, ranging from re-painting, beheading and theft, to the addition of extra parts.
The original cows are now in the Milton Keynes Museum. A replica set of five cows was built as a more long-term feature, as it was realised that they had become a famous landmark. These stand near to the A422.