Monday, 7 May 2012

'Mystery' blue sheep appear outside Germany's Schwerin Castle

This unusual flock of sheep are doing their best to stand out from the crowd after being spotted in Germany painted head-to-toe in dark blue paint. 

It's in a sheep's DNA to follow the crowd but it appears this collection of colourful characters, seen here outside Schwerin Castle, want to break the mould.

While the true legend of the Golden Fleece has been shrouded in mystery for thousands of years, this tale may have a slightly more simpler explanation.

The herd of blue plastic sheep were created by German artists Rainer Bonk and Bertamaria Reetz as part of a mobile art installation.

Artificial blue sheep have been popping up in towns, cities and field across the world to promote 'tolerance and solidarity'.

Every sheep is indistinguishable from the next and, according to the artists, help transcend the peaceful message that 'all are equal - everyone is important'.

The project has been touring the globe for over three years, stopping off in more than 50 cities along the way. 

A blue sheep is left behind in each city they visit where it remains as a peace ambassador.

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