Lost Bird Project Film Screening in San Pedro
The Lost Bird Project, a documentary film about sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize five extinct North American birds, will screen at Angels Gate Cultural Arts Center in San Pedro on September 12, 2014 at 6:30pm in Building H. Admission is free. The film’s co-producer/cinematographer and Pandau founder Scott Anger, who is a studio artist at the center, will participate in a discussion following the screening. The film is being shown as part of a new show at Angels Gate that opens on September 15th.
The film follows McGrain’s efforts to permanently install the six-foot tall memorials of the Great Auk, Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet, Passenger Pigeon and Labrador Duck where the birds were last seen alive in the wild. He travels from the swamps of Florida to the rugged coast of Newfoundland negotiating placement of the sculptures to honor the memories of the birds.
“The sculptures are as large as humans and that parity encourages a sympathy as people approach them—they are undeniable,” McGrain said. “These birds are not commonly known, and they ought to be, because forgetting is another kind of extinction.”
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, which was once the most abundant land bird in the United States. The last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914.
A traveling set of the bronze sculptures is now on exhibit in the garden of the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The exhibit, which runs until March 15, 2015, is part of the museum’s exhibition honoring the centennial of the passenger-pigeon extinction, titled Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America. The documentary film will screen at the Natural History Museum in Washington on November 20, 2014 at 6pm.
McGrain is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology and is the 2014 recipient of the Audubon Award for Art Inspiring Conservation.