The Smiling Cow complete with an earring was created through community workshops and interaction between young people from Catalonia who had come to stay in Bushmills to improve their English and members of the local youth club run by the Bushmills Residents & Environmental Forum. Both groups learnt about each others culture and identity. At the time the young people of Bushmills were looking for ideas to translate through a cross community cohesion project and this search was shared with the young people from Catalonia. They suggested the idea of a smiling cow and through a process of selection it came out top.
The work was created by imagineers and contains symbols which are connected to the heritage, history and culture of Bushmills. You can see all the elements that have made Bushmills what it is today including the Distillery, Dunluce Castle, the Giant's Causeway, the Salmon, Market Square, War Memorial and the Corn Mills which gave the village its name. The smiling cow is a welcoming symbol, welcoming visitors from all over the world to this Conservation Villlage.