Gone and nearly forgotten in extinction, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon leave holes not just in the North American landscape but in our collective memories. Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to create memorials to the lost birds, and to bring their vanished forms back into the world. The Lost Bird Project is a film about public art, extinction, and memory. It is an elegy to five extinct North American birds and a thoughtful, moving, sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission.
The screening will be held in 162 Willard Building. The Willard Building is located across the Pattee Mall from the Schwab Auditorium. Masking is required. Parking for the Lost Bird Project Movie is available at the HUB Parking Deck, Nittany Parking Deck, or at the Fraser Street Garage.
As the presenting sponsor, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center has brought the Lost Bird Project to central Pennsylvania. With five bronze sculptures of the most recently extinct North American birds, the Lost Bird Project serves as a dramatic reminder of the need for biodiversity.
This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Shaver’s Creek members.
You may want to come early or stay late to spend time with an exhibit in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Art Alley:
Wind Spirits (August 21 – November 20)
Wind Spirits is an exhibition of three artists considering the power and delicacy of Earth’s avian creatures and the larger implications that duality poses for human roles in the natural world. Works by Tatiana Arocha, Deirdre Murphy and Rachel Sydlowski. This exhibition is in conjunction with the Lost Bird project hosted by Shavers Creek Environmental Center.