“Wishes don’t make it happen” Installation. 2015
22’ d x 9’ w x 7’ h. Mixed Media: wire, paper, acrylic paint, thread.
Installed at Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa.
All images and text © Joan Webster-Vore, 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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 made over one hundred years ago tipped their odds of survival. One hundred years from now, how will we have tipped the scales? The work posted above is a site specific installation in response to the extinction of the passenger pigeon.
Additional information about the Passenger Pigeon:
Joel Greenbergs compelling book:
• “A Feathered River Across the Sky”
• Project Passenger Pigeon: