Posted by: Debra Kolkka | June 3, 2016

Chicken wire chap

In Pizzo, Calabria, we discovered a clever piece of public art. I called him chicken wire chap. He was sitting on a ledge gazing out to sea. He was large.

Chicken wire chap

He was difficult to see from some angles.

Chicken wire chap

Chicken wire chap Pizzo

…but quite clear from others.

Chicken wire chap

Chicken wire chap

Weeds were growing through his hand…and a few other places I won’t mention.

Chicken wire chap

Chicken wire chap

He was clear at night.

Chicken wire chap Pizzo

I wonder how long he will last before rust gets the better of him.

My friend Kathy, from Cannon Hill Chronicles, found some information about the artist. Take a look, he does some amazing things. Click HERE.


  1. That is incredible! Fascinating! Inspiring even. Such simple idea, but so large in concept. I love that it is a public art. Have you looked who put it there?

    • I couldn’t find any information on Chicken Wire Chap at all. Usually there is a plaque with information, but not in this case.

      • OH well, it makes it even more fascinating!

  2. Amazing! I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to construct in that scale! I wonder how it is strong enough and secured so that it doesn’t fly away in a big wind?!

    • I think the wind would just blow through it.

  3. He looks very large….and sitting proudly on his ledge. I wonder if he was a local identity!

    • He was enormous. It would be interesting to know if he was modelled after a local.

  4. I’ve never seen anything like this .. and it looks very well done.

  5. I absolutely love this Debra – translucent but rust looks so right and the positioning terrific – cheers

    • I thought it was great fun.

  6. Beautiful piece of art work.

  7. How interesting. Aren’t blogs great, you see things you’d never wander upon yourself. Thanks for sharing Debra <3

    • It is fun discovering new things.

  8. Simply amazing. Looks like a huge job

    • You would need sturdy pliers.

  9. WOW!

  10. He looks a little ghostly because he’s semi-transparent – did it feel that way in person?

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