This traveling exhibit from The Lost Bird Project depicts the Carolina parakeet, the only parrot species native to the southeastern United States, declared extinct in 1939. The sculpture is being displayed in Brookgreen Gardens’ Arboretum until November 3, 2019.
Todd McGrain, the artist behind The Lost Bird Project, created bronze sculptures of the extinct great auk, Labrador duck, passenger pigeon, heath hen and Carolina parakeet to chronicle humankind’s impact on our changing world. Each sculpture is permanently on display at the location where its species was last seen. The Carolina Parakeet was last observed in the wild in the 1920s near Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in Okeechobee, FL, where a permanent installation is now on display. Since deploying his original sculptures, McGrain has made other castings that travel for various exhibitions.
Along with the installation in the Arboretum, the Bleifeld Gallery is displaying smaller bronze castings of the five sculptures plus drawings and photographs related to the project.
The artist will be at Brookgreen for a discussion on this work on November 2 at 1:00 p.m.