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Brief Published: 30 Aug 2012

Colourful Pigeons at Venice Biennale 2012


In an effort to change people’s negative perception of pigeons, Berlin-based artists Julian Charrière and Julius von Bismarck have spray-dyed 60 of the iconic grey birds with accenting bright colours at this year’s architecture Biennale.

The pigeons of St Mark’s square in Venice can be seen sporting plumages of tropical green, yellow, red and even electric blue hues. Charrière said the collaborative colour project aims to give a recognisable personality to the typically detested birds.

The birds were enticed with seeds and water into a feeding booth, where they were automatically sprayed with a harmless food dye in a variety of colours. The dye wears off naturally after six weeks. 

Venice Biennale