Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Summer View of Toledo's Cow-Calf Sculpture

Earlier this year I came across a sculpture designed by the Iowa State Fair's Butter Cow lady and blogged about the site. Located near the northwest corner of Highways 63 and old Highway 30 in Toledo, Iowa (just behind the locally famous Big T Maid-Rite restaurant) the fiberglass sculpture of mother and child is positioned on a hill and framed by a giant burr oak. The tree has been recently trimmed to remove storm damaged limbs.
Last Sunday's weather conditions produced extremely small rain cells amid huge billowing white clouds. Hoping to photograph those condition while in Toledo, I ventured to the famous pairing. The contrast with the tree, sky and clouds didn't quite work out but I did capture closeups of the statue. 

With so much of Iowa in farm and livestock production it is a wonder why there are not more sculptures dedicated to the industry. The new Highway 30 Tama-Toledo bypass skirts south of the cow-calf. Take the Highway 63 exit and travel about a mile north. Its worth the stop to see this tribute.