Jochem Hendricks

Cold Birds, 2002–05
Synthetic diamonds, feathers, velvet, birdseed
Dimensions variable

The concentrated essence of two canaries, two budgerigars, a crow and a boiling fowl were made into synthetic diamonds at two former Soviet institutes. To this end, Hendricks carefully removed the feathers of each bird and sent the bodies to a first institute, where they were initially transformed into carbon and then into extremely pure graphite. After that a synthetic diamond was manufactured from the graphite at a second institute. The stone remained a raw diamond and was not cut. 

Canary 1 + 2

Hansi + Bubi


Soup Hen

Haunch of Venison, London, 2007