The Virtual Pasture, the longterm, ever-evolving outdoor "agri/cultural" sheep-centric piece by Ohio State artist and art professor Michael Mercil, is turning heads. Located right outside the Wex on a small plot of land facing the Oval, the whimsical, thought-provoking project features three Shetland sheep that visit to graze on the first Monday of every month, with a 24-hour monitor uplinked to the farm where the sheep live the rest of the time (just north of Columbus at the Stratford Ecological Center). The Columbus Dispatch recently posted a short video (and, earlier in the year, a story); onCampus newspaper for Ohio State faculty and staff devoted its front page to it; Ohio State's Lantern ran this piece; bloggers have weighed in far and wide, including on this knitting blog; and WOSU.TV/PBS ran this segment from the Our Ohio program earlier this month (the show has been airing statewide as well). Word has it some national media has been on-site checking it out as well. By the way, two of the ewes are pregnant, and-for the May 3 visit-Michael and his team are hoping to bring the three sheep plus the lambs. It's an event that, according to the artist, may require a little tinkering with the white picket fence out there to ensure that those little lambs don't escape the pasture to the Oval and points beyond. Just say baa.
The Ewes Have It
Wed, Feb 24, 2010