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Wishes don't make it happen

Joan Webster-Vore's avatar Joan Webster-Vore

5 billion passenger pigeons vanished from the sky, a quarter of the bird population on this continent. They could fly as fast as 60 miles per hour. There are written reports of the birds blocking out the sun as they flew overhead, a mile wide in formation continuing as far as the eye could see. Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1st 1914. When I first learned about the enormity of what happened and how so few people knew, I felt compelled to respond. Life is about balance, what we do, the big or small choices we may or may not make tip us one way or another. In the case of the passenger pigeon, decisions were made over one hundred years ago that tipped their odds of survival. One hundred years from now, how will we have tipped the scales? What will be the results of decisions we are making today? This is a site specific installation in response to the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The work is composed of hundreds of hanging elements constructed of wire, paper, paint, and thread, with shadows. The overall configuration and size vary for each location dependent on upon the specific site.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 22' (overall size can vary dependent upon site)
  • Medium: mixed media: paper, paint, wire, thread
  • Width: 9'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 7'