Meet the most honourable fowl in Japan (but don’t expect to take its eggs out of the country)

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Thursday 4 September 2014

The Onagadori, also known as the ‘most honourable fowl’ in Japan, has been a bird protected by the Japanese government for many years. To breed the Onagadori properly, one must keep a number of roosters in tranquil, non-stressful, temperate conditions in order to select the birds with the best and longest tail growth. Indeed, their feathers must not be ruffled as more aggressive birds will destroy their own tail feathers if they are in distraught!

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Birds of a feather, painted on actual feathers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Newark-based fine arts graduate Rachel Kozlowski is inspired by travel and nature, so it makes sense that she’s hit upon the genius idea of painting intricate portraits of flighty birds — falcons, vultures, owls, macaws and such — on actual feathers.

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Billowing feather installations caught in mid-air

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 3 April 2013

French artist Isa Barbier deconstructs flight with his billowing installation artwork — he hangs feathers on fine filament so gravity never gets its way with them. Hauntingly beautiful.

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Incredible installations by Kate MccGwire

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Wednesday 24 October 2012

Kate MccGwire creates the most beautiful and intriguing sculptures and installations. Her work with feathers is incredible, and it kind of makes you feel like you’re looking at a giant, infinite bird. Her work is currently on display at La Galerie Particuliere in Paris, so flock to see it while it lasts.

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