I udderly adore this Denver roadside attraction: Scottish Angus Cow and Calf, the giant cows in Denver, Colorado.
Officially titled Scottish Angus Cow and Calf, this big bronze sculpture is more colloquially referred to as The Giant Cows. The sculpture depicts a larger-than-life 13-foot tall Scottish angus cow and her equally oversized 10-foot tall calf taking a lazy nap on the grass.
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The sculptures were produced by Colorado sculptor Dan Ostermiller. The artist grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming with a taxidermist from whom he gained knowledge of animal anatomy. He later became a taxidermist himself, allowing him to gain a deep understanding of animal forms.
Ostermiller has created more than 300 sculptures, with over 40 of those being of massive scale. The 10,000 pound Scottish Angus Cow and Calf is the largest of his works at 38 by 22: three times the size of the typical bovine.
The artist was commissioned to create these pieces by Leo Hindery, a Colorado ranch owner who wanted to commemorate his own herd of Scottish Angus cows in Larkspur, Colorado. The piee was completed in 2001 and donated to the Denver Art Musuem in 2006.
Get a moo-ve on and visit these big cows in Denver, Colorado. While in town also be sure to make room to visit these other Colorado roadside attractions: Big Sweep, the Big Blue Bear, the milk-can shaped ice cream stand, and the Big Pencil.
Scottish Angus Cow & Calf – Giant Cows
Address: Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See