A French artist, after spending thee weeks sitting on chicken eggs in a Paris museum, has successfully hatched his first chick.
The artist Abraham Poincheval started incubating 10 eggs in late March with his own body heat inside a glass vivarium at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum. He had estimated it would take 21-26 days for the eggs to hatch and the first did so on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
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.
“It’s been really tough for him. He has slept sitting on the eggs. It’s been a lot harder than being shut inside the rock,” a spokeswoman for the museum told AFP news agency.
Among the hardest things Poincheval has had to face during this experiment is the heat inside the glass, as a temperature of 37 degree Celsius must be maintained at all times for the eggs to hatch.
Earlier, he had spent a fortnight inside a bear carcass eating worms and insects, and navigated the Rhone river inside a giant corked bottle.
His father Christian Poincheval, in 2014, developed a range of pills aimed at making people’s flatulence smell sweeter - of chocolate or of roses.