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Broody artist 'hatches' chicks

Reuters | 2017-04-21 07:01:48.0
French artist Abraham Poincheval is seen in a vivarium on the first day of his performance in an attempt to incubate chicken eggs, which takes from 21 to 26 days, at the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris, France, March 29, 2017.
Image by: Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS

French artist Abraham Poincheval - who famously spent a week inside a rock and two weeks inside a bear sculpture earlier this year - has succeeded in hatching chicken eggs after incubating them for about three weeks.

Poincheval embarked on his latest project in late March of imitating a mother hen by incubating 10 eggs with his own body heat inside a glass vivarium at Paris's Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum.

At the time he estimated it would take 21 to 26 days for the eggs to hatch and the first did so on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the museum said yesterday nine had hatched and the chicks were on their way to a farm.

For the endeavour, Poincheval sat on a chair, wrapped in an insulating blanket, over a container with the eggs.

He could leave his seat for no more than 30 minutes a day for meals.

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