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The Dedication of the ‘Sacred Cow’ stone carving at Shute Farm Studio attracted a crowd of 200 people to witness the unusual ceremony linking Hinduism and Christianity through Agriculture. The five-ton block of Bath stone has become an exquisite life size carving of a cow in traditional Indian style and was carved by Ganesh Bhat, assisted by Paul Fry.
Ganesh anointing with red clay as part of the Poojah ceremony
The Cow At Night
With farm cows Rosie and Paris, named by the children of Hartcliffe Bristol presiding over the celebrations, Stephen Britten welcomed everyone to participate in the ‘Pooja’ ceremony conducted by Ganesh Bhat, followed by a blessing by the Reverend Colin Horn and the final dedication by Anthony Gibson, OBE, Regional Director of the National Farmers Union. Stephen Britten is a Dairy Farmer at Green Farm, of which Shute Farm Studio is a part.
During the Dedication Anthony said...
”The cow is the basis of modern civilisation. She has given us milk and meat to feed us, leather to clothe us, horn for us to work with, and the means to pull our ploughs to grow our crops. There is, I would venture to say, no more useful creature on God’s earth”.

Throughout the afternoon visitors were able to view an exciting exhibition of works created during the two-month project. Stone carvings were sculpted by the children of Inner Bristol led by Kate Semple. Ceramics and drawings by the Wells branch of the Society of Disabled Artists and the Multi Cultural Days were led by Nick Inns.

Leigh on Mendip First School enjoyed a day of charcoal drawing with Kate Lynch and Upton Noble Primary School produced drawings and ceramic plates, decorated on the theme of ‘the cow’ led by Nick Inns.
There were also courses in Watercolour Painting with David Chandler, Wire Work with Celia Smith and Drawing with Caroline Waterlow and Kate Lynch, all observing the cow. Lectures included the ‘The Cow – past and present’ by Anthony Gibson, Sotirios Kartvountzis, a local vet, Stephen Britten, Ganesh Bhat and Philip Poulsom, representative of Send a Cow, and ‘Silence at Ramscliffe’ – a moving and unforgettable illustrated lecture on the effects of the Foot and Mouth crisis on a Devon farm given by Chris Chapman.
Fran Britten, director of Shute Farm Studio, is overjoyed with the symbolic carving, which has been named ‘Kaushalya’, meaning the beauty of art and nature. ‘The cow’ is a memorial to all the animals lost through foot and mouth, BSE and TB. We are grateful to all the sponsors who have enabled this project to proceed and be so successful - Art in Action, the Arts Council England, Mendip District Council, Somerset Art Week’s Landmarks project and everyone who has contributed in any way.
A final word from Anthony Gibson...“I hope and believe that this sculpture, and all the artistic activity which has surrounded it over the last few months, will help us all to love and appreciate our cows as the intelligent, infinitely useful and somehow very noble creatures that they are”.
Shute Farm Studio welcomes anyone who would like to view the sculpture situated in their accessible garden, but would appreciate visits by appointment only due to courses in progress. Telephone 01749 880746
‘Kaushalya’  -  the beauty of art and nature.
Anthony Gibson O.B.E. Stephen Britten Ganesh Bhat The 'Sacred Cow' Guest Musicians - Russ & Jane Paul Fry Fran Britten Guests
photo: The Sacred Cow
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