Archive for Friday, March 2, 2012

Poultry not in picture now

Local artist will neither kill nor display chickens

A Kansas University artist's plans to display a traveling chicken coop - and then slaughter its residents - has generated some controversy.

A Kansas University artist's plans to display a traveling chicken coop - and then slaughter its residents - has generated some controversy.

March 2, 2012


Forget about a chicken in every pot. There won’t even be a chicken in every coop in Lawrence.

The local artist who created a controversy by proposing a Lawrence art project that would end with a public slaughtering of chickens — to create a point about how disconnected consumers are from their food sources — has announced new plans for the project.

The new plans include a lot fewer, well, chickens. Actually, no chickens will be a part of the project.

Artist Amber Hansen, who won a grant for the art project through the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, said she now plans to display an empty chicken coop at various places around Lawrence, beginning on March 30.

The show will end on April 21 at the Percolator art gallery, 913 R.I. Local chefs will share and prepare some food with the community, but Hansen stressed she has abandoned her original plan of serving a chicken noodle dinner made from chickens slaughtered as part of the art project.

“Chickens will not be displayed, nor slaughtered and eaten as part of the project,” Hansen wrote on her blog. “Instead, a handful of invited speakers will share stories about their experience caring for chickens with an open discussion to follow.”

Earlier this week, Hansen told the Journal-World the project would be changed to comply with a City Hall interpretation that the public slaughtering would violate the city’s animal cruelty code. Hansen also was notified of several regulations she would have to meet even if she wanted to keep chickens on a piece of private property as part of the exhibit.

Hansen’s project, titled “The Story of Chickens: A Revolution,” has drawn concern from Lawrence’s Compassion for All Animals Group, and from a group called United Poultry Concerns.

Hansen potentially could have faced a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail for violating the city’s animal cruelty ordinance.


RoeDapple 6 years, 3 months ago

The chickens were relieved it was cancelled before . . . Fryday.

RoeDapple 6 years, 3 months ago

cuzin elroy tried to start a chicken farm but wasn't having much luck. i told him they might do better if he didn't plant them so deep.

patkindle 6 years, 3 months ago

nothing says support downtown art like butchering a chicken on mass street i bet brownie would show up for it

RoeDapple 6 years, 3 months ago

I'd be up for field dressing a white tail buck at 9th & Mass. Maybe I could use that thing that looks like a stack of rusty pumpkins to hang it from. I'll get my cuzin's 4x4 F-250 with the camo paint, caved in right front fender and 8" chrome pipes stickin' up behind the cab, plus the old boom box playin' the "Deliverance" tape. Free moonshine for the audience might make for a lively evening.

Meryl Carver 6 years, 3 months ago

I thought this was an interesting project, and have been a little surprised at the controversy, considering that a majority of people are still omnivores. Although it appears the original concept has been scrapped, it certainly did start some conversations.

Noweigh 6 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence continues to amaze with what constitutes a news story. With all the important real issues facing the community, that we would waste 5 minutes on an ill-conceived "art" project just goes to show how deep in the sand we have our heads sometimes. No wonder we're historically stuck in the mud getting things done here.

Matthew Herbert 6 years, 3 months ago

this is still news? I was keeping count, and it's been WAAAAYYYY more than 15 minutes.

Getaroom 6 years, 3 months ago

Sarah Palin probably gave them a pardon, now that she is retired half Governor. Right after that I suppose, to cleanse her palate, she went up in her helicopter and killed a few wolves, on camera of course. So this was the chickens to nowhere project was it?

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