Arts & Culture

Colored Pigeons of Venice

      As humans civilized themselves and created huge cities to live in, pigeons developed with them. Their natural habitat was destroyed, leaving them to roam around these cities. Now, the pigeon has become the unofficial bird of cities, mingling with humans as safari animals would with each other. Swiss artist Julian Charriere and German photographer Julius von Bismark decided to take a twist on how we see pigeons today: by making them multicolored.

      For the mastermakers to make this unique “occurrence of nature,” they had to make a contraption that immediately sprayed their feathers many exotic colors and then let them roam throughout Venice. This does not hurt the chances of living for the pigeons, because the paint is entirely harmless and pigeons are colorblind, reducing the chances of being neglected from the other Venesian pigeons.

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