Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Cow and Astornaut of Barnes: A Mystery

or "Moooo-ston we have a problem"?
On my jaunt to Barnes this weekend I noticed two neighbors on prestigious Thames waterfront properties were playing the most interesting game of Keeping up with the Kardashians. 

In my mind one neighbor threw a tacky piece of art on their balcony and -not to be outdone- the people next door bought the first life size art they could find and plonked it down on their balcony.

Evidence here:

Cow sculpture in Richmond

Astronaut statue in Richmond
After some extensive google investigation, I found that this Salt Cow of Barnes was part of the Cow Parade in 2002, and was sold in an auction in October of that year. The sculpture is officially called "Salt Beef".

One thing that annoys me that the sculpture is clearly of a bull, but is mysteriously called a cow. I may only be annoyed because I was a blue-jacket wearing, card carrying member of the FFA  (that you probably know from Napolean Dynamite). But maybe I shouldn't get caught up in bovine gender identity issues when there is a greater mystery at hand.

The Buzz Lightyear Aldrin homage remains an enigma, as no amount of searching turned up a background. This leads me to believe that the Salt Beef was the first quirky statue on the block and the astronaut was a hasty addition.

Have you seen the 'Cow' and Astronaut of Barnes? Do you know their story? Share!


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  2. OMG'd Danielle! HAHAHAHAHA girl!!! That is too funny crazy!!! Wait I have to stop laughing. I don't think I could have them as neighbors. What unique decor!!! HAHAHAHAHA But I would probably have fun with them. I would stick (fake of course) a big pile of shit out there with a flag on top that said "TOP THIS!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    SassyUptownChic xoxo Kim

  3. No I actually have not and this is too funny! I am like Kim laughing so hard at this decor hahahaha

  4. I can't add any more on the story but this cow does have udders so aint a bull! ;)