Man Eats Own Hip, Calls It Art

'It was goaty,' Alexander Selvik Wengshoel says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 26, 2014 2:55 AM CDT | Updated May 26, 2014 6:04 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A Norwegian art student says the deformed hip that caused him a lifetime of pain became something much more pleasant when boiled and served with potatoes. Alexander Selvik Wengshoel, 25, says he spent a year convincing doctors to let him keep the bone after an operation to replace it, and both the bone and a film of the operation formed a major part of his graduation show at an art academy, the Local reports. He says he didn't manage to get much meat off the bone, but claims what he did get had "this flavor of wild sheep, if you take a sheep that goes in the mountains and eats mushrooms. It was goaty." What do you pair hip with? Potato gratin and wine, apparently.

"The hipbone had been such a problem for me for over 20 years, and it was just a way of making it better again," explains Wengshoel, who now has a metal hip replacement and says he cooked the bone on a "whim," the Telegraph reports. "It had been so hard to have it in my body, and when I took it out, it turned into something else, something romantic. It was a natural process I felt I had to do to move on." He is one of six Tromso Academy of Contemporary Art students displaying their work in an exhibition called "No Guts, No Galaxy." (In Japan, another artist cooked his own genitals and charged diners $250 a plate.)

The hip bone's connected to the ... art show?
The hip bone's connected to the ... art show?   (Shutterstock)
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