Daisy the decorated cow

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Daisy lives at the Old Fire Station Community Arts Centre in Terralong Street, Kiama.

A familiar sight in Kiama, Daisy is ‘out on show’ when there's an exhibition on at the centre.

Daisy’s coat of paint is changed throughout the year by local residents and artists who give her a life and personality of her own.

Want to paint Daisy?

Daisy the Cow is a community public artwork available for anyone to paint.

She is free to apply your artwork to, but you will need to supply your own paint. 

Daisy facts

  • 'Born’ in 1991 and modelled on a real Illawarra Shorthorn cow named 'Meadowhaven Daisy the 47th', bred and owned by local farmer Tom Walsh.
  • Sculptured by Italian-born artist Ernesto Murgo.
  • Daisy's 'bones' are made of wire and paper mache, and her 'flesh' is made of plaster and sisal.
  • Refurbished in 2015, Daisy now has a coat of kevlar and fibreglass.
  • Her artwork is generally not planned and local artists and community groups paint her as they see fit.
  • She sleeps in the Old Fire Station at night, and is on display in front of the Old Fire Station during the day.


Visit Daisy's Facebook page.

Daisy book

We've published a Biography of Daisy’s life featuring many of her painted incarnations.

The book is available for purchase for $15 at Kiama Library.


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