Big Cow and Calf sculpture
Public Art : Big Cow and Calf sculpture
Sculptor: © Gordon Rose
Description: A 6 metre high concrete and metal framed
Fresian cow and it's calf. Originally the "Big Cow" had eyes that glowed in the dark and had a pair of speakers
Date Unveiled: 1994-95
Location: Big Cow and Calf sculpture are located
outside the Te Poi Country Pub, Te Poi Rd (on the main highway between Hamilton and Tauranga) , Matamata, New
Zealand. Oh, but be warned, you may get a few cheers and raising of beer glasses when you are seen snapping a shot
of their impressive collection of "big" sculptures.
Background to the Big Sculptures at Te Poi Pub: If
you happen to pass the Te Poi Country Pub near Matamata in New Zealand you can't but help notice that
there are a series of big concrete sculptures scattered outside, including an enormous "Big Cow" burger, a "big" fesian cow and calf and a "big" kiwi. The sculptures were the brainchild of Gordon Rose of Wellington.
Mr Rose built the 6 metre high Big Cow in 1994, which included eyes that glowed in the dark and a
pair of speakers. The Big Cow became an overnight success and inspired Mr Rose to add a concrete calf the following
year. The calf enabled tourists to sit on the sculpture and take photos, which they continue to do today. The
establishment soon took on the name "The Big Cow" pub.
Additional "big" concrete sculptures appeared over the years including 2 big cream cans, three big
moas (inside) and a big golf ball.