South African performance artist Steven Cohen was briefly detained for exhibitionism in Paris for what is being described as a “coq stunt” at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
The French news site RFi reported that “the eccentric artist paraded around Trocadero Square facing the Eiffel Tower clad in a bird costume, high heels and a live rooster tied to his genitals”.
Cohen graduated with a BA from Wits University, then studied at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock, Cape Town.
Cohen lives in Lille in northern France and is due to participate in the Paris Autumn Festival from Friday till September 21.
Cohen reportedly wore high-heeled platform shoes, “a garter, thigh-length tights and long red gloves, with long, wild feathers emanating from his head and hands”.
He danced with the cock for about 10 minutes, before being arrested by the police, said his lawyer.
He was charged with indecent exposure before being released.
On his website, Cohen says: “I don’t know what the f*** performance art is, yet I’m brilliant at it.”