It’s true the cows were good for a chuckle. But frankly, I’m happy they’re gone. They just didn’t seem real (if you know what I mean. Of course they weren’t real cows).
I know Chicago has a proud history as the hub of the nation’s cattle trade years ago, but that’s not what Chicago is about these days. And the cows did little to evoke history.
When I saw the cows, I had the same emotional reaction that I have when I see a new Gap or Starbucks opening in an empty space formerly occupied by a neighborhood merchant. Sure, it’s nice and all, but why do we need these things everywhere? They’re just a little too contrived.
I guess in reality, I was more ambivalent about the cows than anything else. I think the display would have been much more interesting if it had been based on figures of people instead of cows.