We know what you must be thinking when you look at this photograph – is that a giant-size cow artwork made out of poo?
Yes it is.
Bosses at Yeo Valley decided the 70 metre long mural would be the perfect symbol to celebrate the company’s 25th birthday.
No less than 3,000 buckets of cow waste were used to make the huge design, which took a week to complete.
The artwork has been created on a field owned by the organic dairy company to coincide with its special anniversary as well as Organic September – a month dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of organic farming.
Sarah and Tim Mead from Yeo Valley said: “We made it using the cow muck from the farm to get a message across – that organic farming works with, and not against the natural environment.
“Organic farming can help tackle climate change because healthy soil has the ability to store the excessive carbon from the atmosphere.
“The giant cow won’t be here for long. Nature will have the last laugh, as ever. That’s also part of the message. It’s about putting nature first.
“We’ve been lucky enough to farm this land for 25 years, so it’s a way of marking the occasion.”
Yeo Valley called-in help from a local collective of artists to create the cow.
Heather Jane Wallace, who was on the team, said: “My art now is hugely influenced by seeing this when I was a child. So that’s a big part of the reason why we got involved – it really spoke to me personally when Yeo Valley came up with the idea.
“Organic farming is so important for wildlife, healthy soil and tackling climate change.”
At 70 metres wide and 50 metres high , the giant cow art compares to other well-known West country landscape murals like the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset (55 metres high) and the Westbury White Horse in Wiltshire (55 metres high and 52 metres wide).
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