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You've all driven past flocks of sheep, gambolling and frolicking as usual (the sheep, not you) and spotted the little spots of colour that farmers use to mark them out for various purposes.
So we've got two things: sheep are visible from roads, and they carry colour. They are the last bastions of
unused advertising space! (apart from all the other ones considered on the bakery)
I envision a sheep-sized inkjet printer, with a conveyor belt moving at a constant rate, to print corporate logos, slogans, and the like on the sheep's sides - the ink should be easily erasable with a second agent, and the sheep could be hired out on a weekly basis!
(nb. I swear when this idea occurred to me I thought it was all mine - however, reading [xenzag]'s post, and [Canuck]'s addition, I may have accidentally channelled the 'bakery for a moment..)
Sheep in Sheep's Clothing
[xenzag]'s idea [navel-gazer, Mar 05 2008]
..for other sheep-display-related things, I found this. [neutrinos_shadow, Mar 05 2008]
Bastion of unused advertising space? If only.
[jutta, Mar 06 2008]
Halfbakery: Baa Relief
Related idea, but for art, not profit. [jutta, Mar 06 2008]
||Why not use coloured sheep as mobile
pixels in an animated display?
||If you only have a limited number of
sheep, then paint some black and some
red. Plant a hedge on a steep hillside, with
a single wide gap in it. Train the sheep to
run past the gap in formation, thereby
creating one of those scrolling-message-
LED-banner-style displays. The sheep can
of course be recirculated.
||I was trying to find a photo of sheep being used to write things in fields in NZ, but to no avail. It's been done plenty of times in NZ, both using hay on the ground to get the sheep to write something visible from the air, and painting messages on the sheep (typically one letter per sheep). I found the linked article while I was at it.
||[navel-gazer] - the idea of a sheep printer
is most excellent and totally original +
||Hmm, nice one MB, but I'm unsure of the inherent trainability of sheep - might need some fiendishly clever sheepdogs (painted bright colours to form an attractive border to the sheep display, obviously). Or perhaps strategic sheep-herding robots. Or little radio-earphones for the sheep to reproduce sheepdogs' barking in stereo, and thus steer them around in programmed patterns?
||Thanks [jutta]. I remembered Baa Relief but now I see that it is different, so I'll bestow a bun on this one. +
||//but I'm unsure of the inherent
trainability of sheep// I think that, if you
can train sheep to rescue skiers from
avalanches, you could certainly train them
to walk past a hedge in the right order.