As part of a three year Europe-wide campaign for peaceful togetherness and tolerance, there was a flock of about fifty blue sheep grazing in front of Bonn city hall last Friday and Saturday (May 18th and 19th, 2012).
The sheep are created by the (installation) artist Rainer Bonk (born in Duisburg) in cooperation with Bertamaria Reetz, a Cologne artist. The artists fashions all his blue sheep out of bright blue polyester resin. The different installions comprise usually between fifty and one hundred and fifty sheep.
Upon taking a closer look you will notice that the sheep are all the same, one model reproduced again and again. According to the artist that is in keeping with the motto of the campaign “Alle sind gleich – Jeder ist wichtig“ – “All men are equal – Each and Everyone is important”. That motto is embossed on the front pair of legs of each sheep.
The flock of blue sheep have made an appearance not only in a number of different European countries such as Austria, Italy (“ Pecore blu”), France (“Allez les bleus”) and the Netherlands (“Een Kudde blauwe Scharpen”) but also in a number of cities in Germany. They could be admired in front of the famous Cologne Cathedral, Hanseatic City of Lübeck (home of the real marzipan - I just could not pass up the opportunity to point that out), Berlin, Hannover, Kiel and Münster.
The artist Rainer Bock calls himself a “Blauschäfer” – “Blue Shepherd” - here he can be seen amongst his flock as he had installed it in Bonn.
As part of Bock´s campaign every major of the „host cities“ receives one sheep as a thank you to be displayed at city hall.
Interested buyers/art collectors can acquire a sheep for the price of 75 Euros and I have found a few blue sheep grazing in and around Bonn.
For more information on Rainer Bock and his blue sheep, you can visit his website at www.blaue-schafe.de And for more information on Bertamaria Reetz, her gallery and her art, you can visit her website (www.bertamaria.de). Unfortunately both websites were only designed in German.