Discipline: Interactive sculpture installation
Dimensions: Sheep are varied sizes, approximately 12” x 10” x 18”
Location: Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East Main Street, Hillsboro
Exhibition: September - October 2016
Quirky foam core sheep appeared all around Hillsboro in Fall 2015 as part of the public art project, Champion Flock of Weed Eaters by artist Jed Berk. The sheep reappeared in 2016 as a part of Hillsboro Arts Month in October.
Housed in a barn on the lawn of the Walters Cultural Arts Center, under the care of the Mother Sheep, sheep in the flock were checked out from a shepherd to be taken on adventures by imaginative citizens. The creative spark of artist Jed Berk ignites the imaginations of others to create adventures for the sheep. Photos of the sheep in many settings were posted on Instagram at #sheeponthego. The album of images comprise a virtual community scrapbook, giving a glimpse of the highlights of Hillsboro and the creative minds of local residents.
Jed Berk feels that Champion Flock of Weed Eaters reflects on the stewardship of land in urban space. "By referencing the relationship between shepherd, sheep and land, the artwork reclaims our collective human responsibility for the environments we create and inhabit."
Be sure check out #sheeponthego on Instagram and Facebook to see sheep shenanigans.
Jed Berk received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, and a MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. He lives in Los Angeles and has exhibited in the US and internationally, in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan; Orange County Museum of Art, CA; and the Museum of Modern Art, Austria. Champion Flock of Weed Eaters was recognized by Americans for the Arts as an outstanding public art project in their annual awards.
Artist Website: cargocollective.com/jedberk
Top photo by Rick Paulson.