Mississippi Flyway: Alive in the Sky

We Are Game

Many of us venture south to escape the polar vortices of winter, or we flee north from the heat of summer. Typically, these trips involve frantic airports, stuffed suitcases, massive 747s, hot coffee, and - if you’re lucky - the occasional bag of peanuts. Now imagine that instead you weigh less than your cell phone, your body’s covered in feathers, and you’re making the same journey with thousands of your closest friends and family. No plane, no coffee shop, and no luggage, but endless miles of stunning forests and rivers. Each year, nearly half of all North American bird species travel north and south on the Mississippi Flyway. Our installation celebrates the journey of these amazing birds. We feature 17 priority conservation species, selected from the Bird Conservation Network conservation concern list for this region. Each species is visually represented twice, from below, and a partial side view, as soaring kites, constructed from kozo paper with a bamboo frame, stylized painting, and hung with fishing line. The 34 birds are connected by ribbon tails, illustrating their flight path along the flyway. When you stop by, be sure to snag a Mississippi Flyway boarding pass for your future travels!

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 4'
  • Medium: mixed media
  • Width: 20-25'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 4'

About We Are Game

We Are Game is the collaboration of two artists, Catherine Game and Joan Game, a dynamic daughter and mother duo. Together, they meld their studio art, commercial art/illustration, environmental education, and elementary education backgrounds to create visually captivating installations that help viewers understand more of their environment.