This is rad, a few artists grew “fur” in an improvised lab to make coats –
Is it possible to produce a fur coat without killing an animal? The answer, in a word, is yes. Artists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr have done it, and the result is on view in an installation called “Victimless Leather” at the Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon. The two grew a miniature coat from living skin cells, in an improvised laboratory they established for this purpose at the center. The growth process, which requires a special technology, took place in the lab. For 11 days the two artists “fed” the cells, which grew and multiplied, creating a miniature coat. On the last day they “killed” the coat by no longer feeding it. The audience that viewed the display was taught how to create this kind of system by themselves.