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Breeding a Better Chicken in the Name of Art (and Science)

Smithsonian.com | Andrew Amelinckx:

It looks like a chicken, walks like a chicken, sounds like a chicken. But it’s not a chicken. It’s art. Or rather, it is a chicken and art and even a science experiment of sorts. For the last 20 years, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen has been selectively breeding chickens from around the world as part of his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project. What started as a way to illustrate metaphorical ideas about diversity and multiculturalism has led to the creation of a bird that, according to the artist and backed by the scientists working on the project with him, tends to be healthier, live longer, and be more adaptable to a changing environment than purebred chickens… Read more

Image: The Mechelse Wyandotte, the latest iteration of Koen Vanmechelen’s Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (Koen Vanmechelen)

 

2018-10-23T18:44:13+00:00