Animals used as Art Canvas Beautiful Isn’t it


Art has no rules. We bet you have seen a lot of body art so far, but animal’s body art isn’t something that is seen every day. Don’t worry; no animal was hurt during the art exhibitions.

1 Decorated camels

This beautifully shorn camel hails from the city of Bikaner in northwest Rajastan, a state in India. Every year in January, the state government organizes a camel festival where beautifully decorated camels like this one are put on display. The intricate images are sheared using a pair of scissors. The animals aren’t hurt, they just get a nice and artistic cut.

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2 Horse anatomy

Professional anatomist, bio-mechanist, author and artist Gillian Higgins uses her artistic ability and anatomical knowledge to paint the skeleton and other systems on the side of the horse, bringing it “inside out.” According to Higgins, this is a fun way of understanding more about anatomy, physiology and conditioning. It can also can improve performance, enhance well-being and reduce the risk of injury in horses.

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3 Colorful elephants

Adorning pachyderms has been elevated to an art form at an annual festival in Jaipur, India. For the event, the elephants are dressed in their finest costumes. Photographer Charles Fréger traveled to Jaipur to capture the elephants in all their glory— bright with paint, bangles, and drapes.

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4 iPad Turtles

The Aspen Art Museum hadn’t even officially opened its doors to the public when one of its exhibitions was already causing massive controversy. Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Moving Ghost Town featured three African Sulcata tortoises roaming around a rooftop enclosure, each with two iPads affixed to its shell. The gadgets displayed video footage of local ghost towns. The Aspen Art Museum claimed the artwork was “cultivating a site-specific approach to culture and history,” but animal rights activists have slammed it as outright animal abuse. Do you think this was animal abuse?

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5 Snail graffiti

This is just too cute and we believe that the snails loved their new façade. Graffiti snails were seen roaming London after being daubed with paint by artist Slinkachu for a project in 2008. The London artist used the mollusks’ shells for a series of designs dubbed “Inner City Snail – a slow-moving street art project.” One was given a graffiti-style urban revamp complete with a new name (John) spelled out across its shell. Another had the Tube logo painted on it, and even acquired a couple of unexpected passengers. Slinkachu was keen to point out that non-toxic paints were used.

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6 Tattooed pigs

A little cruel and over the edge, but it still counts as animal art. Belgian artist Wim Delvoye makes tattoos on live pigs and pig skin. The artist is vegetarian and uses pigs only for the work of art and not for food. Delvoye is not merely an artist, but also a “provocateur”.

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7 Sprayed cows

From July 18th – 21st 2003, the controversial artists Banksy hosted an exhibition in a London warehouse called “Turf War”. At the time, many people were just starting to jump on the Banksy bandwagon and hadn’t quite grasped his personality yet. This exhibition featured painted live cows where many animal rights groups were up in arms about the show. One activist even chained herself to the railings of the warehouse.

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8 Tattooed cats

Another animal inking. This time cats. This disturbing new trend has surfaced in Russia: cat owners getting their felines tattooed with elaborate, colorful designs. A young Russian woman, Oksana Popova, had her rare Canadian Hairless cat Mickey put under general anesthesia for three hours while an image of King Tutankhamen was etched onto the cat’s chest.The tattoo artist Anatoly Keksel performed the work at his TattoonHamon Tattoo Parlor in Russia. Brutal and unnecessary.

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9 Groomed Poodles

For most dog owners, grooming involves occasionally trimming their beloved pets’ hair and maybe some fancy collar around their necks, but for some it is a much more serious business. Photographer Ren Netherland, 51, from Clear water, Florida, traveled more than 30 000 kilometers across the U.S. in a mobile studio to visit conventions which showcased the bizarre craze for cutting and dying dogs into different forms. Some of the groomers use semi-permanent hair color brands. This poodle on the photo was meant to be transformed into a parrot.

Groomed Poodles

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