National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Beamish Shorthorns


Type Sculpture

     Four cows welded from scrap metal parts. Each rust-coloured animal stands alongside the pathway as though grazing on the grass.
     The Beamish Shorthorns were modelled on local animals and constructed using Consett steel. An old train shed at Beamish Museum, with its accompanying views of a herd of rust-coloured shorthorns became the artist's workshop in the initial stages of the sculptures' construction. She later moved to a pipe factory at Hebburn to use their welding equipment. Matthews, who chose this part of the pathway in order that the adjacent bridges and trees would provide a 'frame' for her work, described the installation of the sculptures as 'like putting the cows out to pasture after a long winter in the shed'.(1)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Matthews, Sally Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Each cow JCB parts and other scrap metal 130cm high approx x 300cm long approx x 80cm wide approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • None
Road A693
Precise location C2C cycle route, under bridge, near Open Air Museum
A-Z ref None
OS ref NZ219536
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1990
Unveiling details Installed 1990
Commissioned by Sustrans
Duty of care Sustrans
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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