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Saturday, 1 April, 2000, 14:19 GMT 15:19 UK
Meat sculpture causes stink
sculpture
The sculpture is intended to "come alive"
A Belgian artist has covered part of a building at Ghent University with ham - hoping that the rotting meat will attract swarms of flies.


It will be fantastic, with lots of flies flying around and worms crawling about. Then the pillars will really be alive

Jan Fabre
Jan Fabre has used 8,000 slices of ham to cover eight large pillars at the entrance to an art exhibition at the university.

He hopes that after three months, swarms of flies will turn the artwork into a living sculpture.

The "Over the Edges" exhibition, which opened on Saturday, has angered animal rights groups, art critics and passers-by, shocked by the sight of the meat-covered pillars.

'Over the edges'

"Good art must stink a bit," Fabre told Belgian daily newspaper De Morgen.


pillars
Fat in the ham provides a "marbled effect"
"It will be fantastic, with lots of flies flying around and worms crawling about. Then the pillars will really be alive."

Mr Fabre said he aimed to create a marble effect on the pillars, using ham with fat. The ham will be kept in place with plastic sheeting.

According to De Morgen, a private security firm has been employed to keep an around-the-clock watch on Fabre's creation.

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