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Random Thu Jan 14 2010

Would you eat Bread Bird?

breadbirdsmall.jpgIn 2007, Chicago-based artist Dayton Castleman carved with a bandsaw and paring knife the sculpture Bread Bird from the largest and densest loaf he could find at Red Hen Bread. He called the work: "An inquiry as to whether birds would eat bread in the shape of their own. In this case, Chicago pigeons would not."

Yesterday, Castelman released the video of the sculpture not being eaten around Chicago.

Bread Bird eventually got moldy and had to be thrown away. The artist, however, plans to re-fabricate the work with homemade bread and "give the pigeons another chance." When asked if he was a baker, Castleman responded:

I confess, sheepishly, I am not. I'd probably make foodies cringe with my enjoyment of Pillsbury rolls and such. I tend to (very narrowly, I admit) think of bread as a means of holding things like the salami and cheese that I'm enjoying right now. But I do love good food, so I'm sure that I'd enjoy any really high-quality bread.

For Bread Bird's second iteration, Castleman plans to research bread-baking techniques. Who knew Chicago pigeons had such discerning palates?

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Louie Jabrowski / January 20, 2010 6:12 AM

Didn't this "artist" do something similar with a bread penis sculpture? Where he placed it on the white house lawn and Rahm "the Ballerina" Emanuel came out and ate it?

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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