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City’s urban sheep to go under the hammer

Wednesday, September 19, 2018   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: earthquake recovery

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 19th September 2018

Christchurch’s colourful urban sheep are going to be farmed out to new homes.

The sheep have been grazing in High Street and other locations around the central city, including Cathedral Square, since September 2014.

Urban sheep in High Street.They were installed as part of Christchurch City Council’s Enliven Places Programme which was set up after the earthquakes to help attract people back into the city centre.

The colourful sheep were the brainchild of French industrial designer Christophe Machet and were designed to serve as colourful traffic barriers.

“They have proven very popular and we’ve had a number of requests over the years from people wanting to buy one of their own," says Council Head of Urban Design, Regeneration and Heritage Carolyn Ingles.

“The time has come for us to decommission the sheep so we’ve decided to auction them off and donate the money raised to the Mental Health Foundation. The auction is going to be held during the Canterbury A&P Show with several auctioned off live by the winner of the Young Livestock Auctioneer Competition and the rest available through silent auction at the show," Ms Ingles says.

Around 30 sheep will be available to buy during the auction.

“We’re expecting there will be a lot of interest in acquiring the sheep because they’re really quirky and are also a symbol of Christchurch’s creativity in the wake of the earthquakes," Ms Ingles says.

“The sheep won’t be disappearing from the central city landscape altogether. We’re planning on putting four of them back in High Street as sculptural seating so that the legacy of the urban sheep lives on."

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