Man at His Best

This French 'human hen' artist hatched his first chick

All for the sake of art. He spent three weeks sitting on 10 eggs.

BY editors | Apr 20, 2017 | Arts


Abraham Poincheval – who made headlines last month after spending a week entombed inside an egg-shaped rock – has hardly slept since he stepped inside a glass vitrine in a Paris modern art museum to sit on the eggs on March 29.

But when one of the eggs began to hatch, that forced the artist to temporarily rise from his nest for fear of crushing the new-born. Up until then Poincheval was only allowed a half-hour break every 24 hours to keep him from cracking – although he never once left the glass case in the Palais de Tokyo. What’s more, the 44-year-old has had to contend with the heat, having to keep the eggs at a minimum of 37 degrees Celsius.

He has also been all but cut off from the outside world. "His voice is quite muffled through the glass," the spokeswoman added. "It is quite frustrating to communicate sometimes." From the start, Poincheval – dubbed France's most extreme artist – appeared far more daunted by the performance than his claustrophobia-defying spell inside the rock.

Poincheval is no stranger to bizarre performances. He once spent a fortnight inside a stuffed bear eating worms and insects, was buried under a rock for eight days and navigated France's Rhone river inside a giant corked bottle. His big dream, however, is to walk on the clouds. "I have been working on it for five years, but it is not quite there yet," he said.

Source: AFP