Colorful Pigeon Project “Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others”

mhyser September 27, 2012 2

A unique project entitled “Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others” by Berlin-based artists Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charriere took place during the 2012 Venice Biennale.  Unless you are a tourist in Venice, most people look at pigeons as flying rats. In an attempt to change peoples perceptions, this duo created a specialized booth and painted the pigeons a variety of vivid colors.   The booth worked much like a bird trap but instead of simply catching them it caught, airbrushed and released the birds.  The booth was in operation for a week and created 35 flying pieces of art work.  Some of the art still might be flying around the city today.

The pigeon painting booth worked like a bird trap with a conveyor belt mechanism that automatically airbrushed the animals once inside and then released them.

via: designboom

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  1. Augis September 28, 2012 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Mmm.. not sure if I approve of this idea.

    By the way, I 100% agree with the sentiment of Venice.
    This April during my trip in Italy, I was happy to feed the pigeons and let them sit on my hands, shoulders and head.
    But… somehow, outside of Venice I really think of them as flying rats.. haha

    • mhyser September 28, 2012 at 9:20 am - Reply

      The treatment was harmless to the birds and certainly was an interesting way to bring attention to the animals. But since you still consider them flying rats, maybe other cities should give it a try?

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