Herd of Cows moves into Maleny
  • Saturday 05 December 2009

A herd of silver and gold cows will now greet motorists at Maleny, thanks to a new public art installation that has them grazing beside the main approach into town.

Councillor Jenny McKay will be the guest speaker at an event to celebrate the installation of Herd of Cows, commissioned by the Sunshine Coast Council, as part of the Maleny Streetscape project to revitalise the town.

Cr McKay said the artwork ‘Herd of Cows’, featuring five gold and silver cows grazing on land beside the town’s main street, was an apt symbol of the town.

“Herd of Cows will serve as a gateway cultural marker to the township of Maleny, drawing attention to Maleny’s rich cultural heritage and changing community,” Cr McKay said.

Artist Janna Pameijer describes her work as representative of “the gentle bovine herds that graze this countryside and the dairy industry – a significant contributor to the economic, social and historic fabric of Maleny.

“Their stylised lines echo the ridges, hills and valleys of our Blackall Range. The ‘gold’ cows represent the original breed milked commercially, the Guernsey. The 'silver' cows represent the changing economy of dairy farming.”

She said the site, beside the Obi Obi Creek, was chosen as it was once the entrance to Boxsells Livestock Saleyards which traded from 1921 to 2004.

Herd of Cows was selected through the Maleny Maple Street Community and Public Art stage of the streetscape project.

This project received financial assistance through Arts Queensland from art+place, the Queensland Government’s Public Art Fund.

Assistance was also provided by Sunshine Coast Council, the Hopper family of Maleny Dairies and Lovola and Terry Murtagh, Bill Boxsell Jnr and the Boxsell family of Boxsells.