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Towering cow statue? Not in their backyard​

What would you do if you woke up one morning and saw a shiny, stainless steel dairy cow outside your second-storey window? A group of homeowners in Markham, Ontario, spent 10 months fighting what they considered an invasion of their quiet suburban crescent... but what the statue's donor considered a generous gift of public art, with a noble Canadian heritage. ​

The tale of a giant cow with a rich Canadian backstory, and of a community that had major beef with it.

Brookview Tony Charity sculpture in Markham, Ontario in May 2018. (Kalli Anderson/CBC)

What would you do if you woke up one morning and saw a shiny, stainless steel dairy cow outside your second-storey window? A group of homeowners in Markham, Ontario, spent 10 months fighting what they considered an invasion of their quiet suburban crescent... but what the statue's donor considered a generous gift of public art, with a noble Canadian heritage.  ​

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