New Art Exhibit Showcases 70 Zebra Finches Playing Guitars

The living exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will close on March 27.

The living exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will close on March 27.


The only thing better than a guitarist is a group of 70 guitaristsŠespecially when that group consists of zebra finches. Yes, you read that right.

As part of a living musical exhibit, the Mus?des Beaux-Arts de Montr? (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) is showcasing C?ste Boursier-Mougenot? work. The French artist told CBCNews that the exhibit was inspired from his childhood. “Looking through the window, my feeling was that I want to make music from these birds on the wire, and 30 years later I did this,?he said.

“This?is a display of 10 Gibson Les Paul electric guitars and four Gibson Thunderbird bass guitars placed in an aviary containing 70 zebra finches. The only perches are the guitars?strings. The birds land on the strings, creating music. The aviary also contains amplifiers, through which the music is played. The museum will escort 25 visitors at a time into the area to see the exhibit where they are asked to walk calmly, CBCNews reports. The exhibit is cleaned every morning and veterinarians are on hand to look after the birds.

This exhibit has been on display 19 times so far, including in (besides Montreal) New York, Milan and Paris. The exhibit closes at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on March 27, 2016. Will you visit?

 

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