As part of the Venice Biennale contemporary art festival, artists Julian Charrière and Julius von Bismarck decided to make a unique piece of art using real birds. The swarm of pigeons in Venice, Italy, are an attraction for tourists, but annoying and tiresome for the locals. The artists transformed these dull, gray, ‘flying rats’ into colorful flying art pieces with a bit of spray paint.
The project, titled ‘Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others,’ was initially introduced in Copenhagen, Denmark. Charriére and Bismark built a ‘pigeon apparatus’ on a city rooftop; when birds flew into the apparatus, they were trapped and a conveyor-belt mechanism automatically airbrushed the pigeons in an array of vibrant colors. The pigeons were then released back into the city to become flying works of art. The paint is non-toxic, and no animals were harmed during the process.
Charriére was quoted in Corriere della Sera as saying that the project aims to give each of the birds their ‘own identity… so [they are] more acceptable.’
Scroll through images of the brightly colored birds below: