A Champion Flock of Weed Eaters

Jed Berk

A Champion Flock of Weed Eaters (2010) reflects on the stewardship of land in urban space. Located on the greenway in front of Diridon station, the public artwork invites passersby to experience a fictive bucolic landscape populated with a flock of sheep and a curious “green” barn.


 
 
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Image courtesy of the artist.

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The project is comprised of a flock of miniature nomadic sheep, a “green” barn with a Mother Sheep, shepherds, an online photo archive; and public participation.

The installation looks both to the past and future, to the high-tech and low-tech, to public policy and individual responsibility for the stewardship of our world. It questions the techno-ecological idealism that promises to “save” the natural environment through human constructs and intervention without any personal accountability.

By referencing the relationship between shepherd, sheep and land, the artwork reclaims our collective human responsibility for the environments we create and inhabit.

Created with the In-kind support of SoloPower.