Pastoral Travelers: Google Sheep View is Here, and it is Glorious
Here’s a fun new way to travel the world: the sheep of Google Street View are brought together on one very pastoral blog.
Google Street View is good for more than just documenting art. In recent years, Google’s faux-3D representation of the drivable world has been mined for a number of “found art” projects collecting cool glitches, candid images of Google drivers, and telling snapshots of neighborhoods in transition. Now, a preeminently pleasant blog is showcasing the sheep of Google Street View.
On Google Sheep View—move over, Street View camel—you’ll find sheep being herded around a bend in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, sheep idling in front of the William Wallace monument in Stirling, Scotland, sheep peering at other sheep through a wire fence in the North Yorkshire moors. It’s not uncommon to see sheep with the edges of their coats blurred by Google’s image-stitching program, or caught mid-trot trying to avoid the camera-mounted car that has so immortalized them.
Though most of the settings featured are in the U.K., the project’s creators write that they were inspired by the “sheep view” afforded when riding trains in the Netherlands. Ding Ren and Mike Karabinos have dedicated the project to their favorite breed of sheep, the Zwartbles.