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In 2002, Valerie Laws acheived world-wide notoriety when she received a Northern Arts grant to spray paint words on to sheep, for a project which bridged art and science, creating random poetry and at the same time illustrating the workings of the universe.

The sheep, which belonged to Donald Slater of Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth, Northumberland, were sprayed, using the paint with which farmers traditionally mark their flocks, with the words of a "haik-ewe":

CLOUDS GRAZE THE SKY;
BELOW, SHEEP DRIFT GENTLE
OVER FIELDS, SOFT MIRRORS,
WARM WHITE SNOW.

They were then left to graze, and the poems formed as they wandered into different patterns were noted down. Some examples are:

SNOW CLOUDS THE SKY,
GENTLE SHEEP GRAZE;
 
WARM DRIFT, GRAZE GENTLE,
WHITE BELOW THE SKY;
SOFT SHEEP, MIRRORS,
SNOW CLOUDS. 
    SOFT WHITE MIRRORS BELOW
    DRIFT WARM.

    SHEEP BELOW DRIFT,
    SOFT SNOW CLOUDS;
    WARM MIRRORS GRAZE
    WHITE,THE SKY GENTLE. 








Not only did the sheep produce random poetry (...), they also demonstrated the principles of quantum mechanics. Valerie explained: "Quantum mechanics is a branch of physics which a lot of people find hard to understand, as it seems to go against common sense. (...) So I decided to explore randomness and some of the principles of quantum mechanics, through poetry, using the medium of sheep."

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