TWO artists in Germany have sparked anger after threatening to execute a sheep by guillotine in the name of art.
Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne, two Berlin-based artists, set up an installation featuring a brightly-colored guillotine.
In a video posted online, the two men - dressed in white overalls - held the terrified sheep behind the killing machine as its deadly blade repeatedly chopped downward.
On the "Die Guillotine" project's website, the public was invited to vote on whether the sheep gets to live or die.
As of noon on Tuesday (local time), the vote was a comfortable ''nein'' to execution - with 190,000 voting to spare the sheep, and just 119,000 voting to kill it.
The artists described the project as a way to "represent the current state of democracy" in Germany.
The Bild tabloid branded the artwork as "perverse" and "disgusting," and pointed out that the pair could face up to three years in prison if they carried out their execution threat.
On the project's Facebook page, one internet user branded the pair "sick pigs."
The seriousness of the two artists' intentions could not be confirmed.
The project potentially marks another sad foray by sheep into the world of modern art.
In British artist Damien Hirst's 1994 work Away from the Flock, a dead lamb was preserved in formaldehyde in a glass tank.