benedetto bufalino repurposes a police car as a chicken coop benedetto bufalino repurposes a police car as a chicken coop
nov 04, 2013

benedetto bufalino repurposes a police car as a chicken coop

benedetto bufalino repurposes a police car as a chicken coop

all images courtesy of benedetto bufalino





the artistic adventures of french artist benedetto bufalino can be trademarked by visually humorous transformations of consumable cultural objects. for one of his latest projects, he has reconstructed a 1970s french police car into a fully-functioning chicken coop fit for a farm. ‘la voiture de police poulailler’ is a old, urban vehicle whose interior has been gutted — save a few interior elements like the steering wheel and clutch — while the outside maintains its original signage: a vinyl police banner and blaring emergency lights situated on the roof. bufalino has opened the passenger doors as well as the hood, and trunk and fit wooden constructions inside, keeping them perpetually ajar. chicken wire closes up the exposed openings and contains the livestock in the enclosed space. by remodeling the recognizable automobile, its purpose is renewed into a quirky artwork that can be interpreted as both a sculptural object and a functional piece.



la voiture de police poulailler
video courtesy of benedetto bufalino



chickens fit comfortably in the converted police car coop



the doors, hood, and trunk have been opened and fit with chicken wire



wooden constructions keep the doors ajar



the exterior of the car maintains the police imagery



chickens visible through the passenger window



the chicken coop extends to the rear of the vehicle


  • What makes this particularly funny, is the fact that “chicken” is also a humoristic/derogatory term for police in France, equivalent of the english calling cops “pigs”.

    Sakari says:
  • Probably the greenest Talbet Samba there ever was. Sakari: They could try making a pig sty out of one aswell I guess…

    Dr Design says:
  • ‘Chickens visible through the passenger’s window’.It’s the explanation I like most; it really gets us somewhere.

    jan says:
  • Yeah that hilarious! Definitely no respect for the law!

    bibaggins says:
  • @Sakari yes definitely… you can’t understand the joke unless you know that!

    manu says:
  • We used a 1967 VW microbus…

    Connie says:

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