Butchers unusual artwork order

A Bristol halal butcher has received an unusual order - 3,000 chicken skins.

Artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva has placed her order with Pak Butchers of Easton for an exhibition she is holding in London.

The skins will be cleaned, dried, dipped in preserving chemicals and then stitched together into a 12-metre by five-metre wall hanging.

Artist Elpida commented: "I was really pleased to find a butcher willing to provide me with enough chicken skins. I'm picking them up from the shop once a week and have now got about 800 sewn together."

Pak Butchers, owned by city councillor Abdul Malik, is also pleased to supply the skins - but is warning that, even with a busy butcher's outlet, it will still take some weeks to provide all the 3,000 skins.

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