Friday, March 7, 2014
Lost Bird Film
Recently I had the opportunity to watch the "Lost Bird Film". It documents the dream and creativity of sculptor Todd McGrain. After reading the book "Hope is a Thing with Feathers" by Christopher Cokinos, Todd determined that he would create sculptures to honor extinct birds.
Todd's idea was to not only create the sculptures but to place them in locations that were endemic to each of the birds. The birds are Great Auk, Labrador Duck, Heath Hen, Passenger Pigeon and Carolina Parakeet.
Watching Todd's struggle to find suitable locations for his sculptures and the ultimate joy of seeing his creations in place was both sad and hopeful. I send deep thanks to Todd. His work will be a constant reminder that these lovely birds are gone forever. Hopefully, these magnificent representations will remind us of how truly fragile life is.
"I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could." - John James Audubon