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Art of ‘sitting on eggs until they hatch’

THE French artist who spent a week entombed inside a rock began an even more bizarre feat on Wednesday — sitting on a dozen eggs until they hatch.

Abraham Poincheval aims to become a “human hen” by sitting and laying on the eggs inside a glass vitrine at a Paris modern art museum until the chicks emerge.

The performance, called “Egg,” could last three to four weeks, with the artist getting only a half-hour break every 24 hours to keep him from cracking.

He is also on a special diet rich in ginger so he can keep the eggs at a minimum of 37 degrees Celsius.

Poincheval, 44, made headlines earlier this month after declaring his seven days inside a rock a mind-altering “trip.”

This time, however, he looked distinctly ill at ease as he stepped into the vitrine in the Palais de Tokyo museum in his socks.

He quickly wrapped himself in a heavy traditional Korean cape and sat on a “laying table” specially designed to stop him from accidentally crushing the eggs.

While Poincheval described his time inside the limestone rock as blissful, he acknowledged that sitting on the eggs for such a long time had him worried.

“I have never been so directly exposed to the public before. Usually I am inside something. But every performance is a first,” he said.


 

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