Shepherding the woolly lamps

Nelson artist makes illuminated flock of New Zealand's most popular icon.

ANNA BRADLEY-SMITH
Last updated 13:00 27/06/2014
Fleur Stewart
MARION VAN DIJK/Fairfax NZ

Nelson artist Fleur Stewart with two of her internally illuminated sheep that will be displayed at Light Nelson.

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Little Bo Peep would be wise to invest in a flock of glowing sheep, like those created by Nelson artist Fleur Stewart.

Stewart is making an illuminated flock of New Zealand's most popular icon for Light Nelson, and she is not doing it by halves.

The bodies, made from welded plastic, house LED lights and the wool is polypropylene rope.

"Rope's got millions of strands so you just have to open it up and comb it all out.

"It takes a couple of hours."

Stewart plans to house her flock in a little paddock encircled by an "electric" fence. "Obviously it won't really be electric.

"There will be a gate so that children can go in and interact with the flock.

"It's a simple project but hopefully the children like it."

She said the inspiration for the project was returning to New Zealand from overseas and having a newfound appreciation for springtime and sheep. "I have a bit of a sheep thing going."

She said the sheep will be tagged and numbered just like their bleating counterparts, and may have names. "I have had a lot of suggestions for good sheep names.

"They're going to be a surprise."

The sheep will be on show on the Queen's Gardens lawns for Light Nelson which will run at night from July 11 to 13 featuring illuminated installations.

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- The Nelson Mail

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