Art is usually considered a human skill, but animals like chimpanzees, birds, and bees produce amazing pieces of art.
Can animals ever be artists?
The perception of animals as art-makers has come a long way since the late 50’s when Desmond Morris put Congo the painter chimp on British TV. In 2005, three paintings by Congo, curated by the anthropologist and painter Desmond Morris, was sold for nearly $20,000.
Do they enjoy the creative process?
Since Congo produced his first drawing, zoos have been giving paintbrushes to animals as a common practice. The hope is that these endeavor at creative expression help keep animals happy and relaxed.
The Bowerbird can build beautiful structures, like sculptures to impress the females. They are tall towers made of sticks resting upon a round mat of dead black moss, decorated with snail shells, acorns, and stones.
Decorating decisions are not automatic but involved trials and “changes of mind,” wrote UCLA physiologist Jared Diamond.