Oddities & Inventions
Plucking the Bird
About the Plucking the Bird
Plucking the Bird is an invented history combining book design and exhibition design, concerning the development of new punctuation marks.
In 1966, French author Hervé Bazin published an essay titled, Plumons l’Oiseau (Let's pluck the bird). In it, he proposed six new punctuation marks to delineate certain concepts, such as love, acclimation, and doubt.
This fiction follows the hypothetical "design" process Bazin went through, revolving around a notebook found in Angers University Library. The notebook contains notes, sketches, and a glimpse into the emotions Bazin experienced throughout the project.