You would probably rub your eyes once or twice if you saw a bright pink or green pigeon whizzing by – but if this happens while you’re in Venice, Italy, stay cool: it’s fine, it’s art.

In order to change the perception of pigeons being ‘the rats of the sky’, Berlin-based artists Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck decided to paint the feathered fellas in various vivid colors. Without harming the pigeons, the artist duo spray-painted them with a specially created booth hoping that the hostility would be replaced by camera shutter clicks.

It was a part of the art project called “Some pigeons are more equal than others” during the 2012 Venice Biennale, so some of the colored pigeons might still be lingering around there.

via: designboom