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)
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