"Do Androids Dream of Painted Sheep?"

Could it be a new art form? Painting live sheep and cattle in bright, brilliant colors might become the next big fad in Scotland. One farmer painted his flock of sheep (grazing on a pasture just off M-8 highway at Bathgate in West Lothian) bright red , aiming to entertain passing motorists and to "spice things up" a little. Well, everybody liked the view so much that it became an attraction in itself, and now they even consider using different colors, such as pink. The animals apparently do not mind being sprayed with animal-friendly dye, and will remain red until sheared.

(image credit: BBC)

(images credit: Yodas [flickr])

This colorful tradition is ages old in Ireland and Scotland, where farmers were painting sheep red, or marking them with color - to make them easier to find.

(image credit: ladyanne47)

Apparently they are also doing it in India:

(image credit: S. Nobel [flickr])

In July 2003, Britain's "most celebrated graffiti artist" Banksy covered a live cow with the images of Andy Warhol's face:

(image credit: Anecdotage)

Not every similar artistic project ends happily. In East Farndon, Northamptonshire, a number of sheep were targeted by a local graffiti gang. The animals were found distressed but uninjured, but this spray-painting attack is being treated as criminal damage by police.

Another victim of graffiti artists (in Russia):

Soccer fans in England are already displaying their patriotic enthusiasm in a similar way:

(image credit: BBC)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


The animals may not mind, but I would.

Blogger cavalaxis said...

I have seen colour spotted sheep on the hills in Yorkshire, exactly like LadyAnne47's pic.

These aren't dyed for fun, tho'. They put a chalking harness on the rams, each ram getting a different colour chalk. This is how the farmers know which ewe was bred by which ram.

Blogger nightskyspy said...

I saw some dyed sheep up the north of Ireland. I think blue dye was used then. Irish football fans are less patriotic perhaps...

Blogger Natty said...

That is so cool and interesting.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

These animals are meant to be used for their wool and perhaps meat. I think dying them is unnecessary and cruel.

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