‘Rats of the Sky’ – Bringing a jewel toned color to the lowly pigeon

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

A bit of a controversial stunt, Berlin-based artists Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charriere have dyed the local pigeons of Venice coinciding with this years Venice Biennale. The idea was to change the perception of pigeons in the city to be something beautiful rather than rats of the sky. The end result are pigeons that resemble jewel toned parrots you’d find in the wilds of the jungle, defying the dirty, pretzel-pecking image that usually comes to mind.

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

The birds were spray painted with a non-harmful dye in a specially created booth, for those wondering. I think there are still some ethical issues, but I’m going to give the artists the benefit of a doubt that they didn’t harm any birds in the making of this project. Overall I think the effect is pretty beautiful and amazing. Pigeons can beautiful in my opinion, but this brings a Wizard of Oz, horse-of-a-different-color sort of vibe to them which I think would be pretty awesome to see in person.

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

Bobby Solomon

August 30, 2012 / By

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