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Cow up a tree

Cow up a tree - melbourne docklands


The sculpture is mostly described as surreal, weird and bizarre – all in an appreciative context

This eight meters high sculpture adorns the waterfront of the Melbourne Docklands. The sculpture was inspired by an actual incident of a cow getting stuck in a tree during floods in Victoria. The artist used the image of the cow to create this piece. The sculpture is also a reminder of the violent floods in the Victoria region.

This sculpture has been exhibited in The Hague, in Paris and now it has a permanent exhibition in Melbourne. The sculpture is made of 5 tones of bronze.

Artists / Sculptors

John Kelly was born in the UK, studies in Australia and now lives in Ireland. He is quite famous for his sculptures in Australia. He has also used the cow theme in other sculptures too, around the world.


The first time in 2001 and then dismantled and reinstalled in 2003

Where can I find it?

Harbour Esplanade, the Docklands area ofMelbourne

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