I remember by Scale

I remember

Scale

1 October 2012 at 10:49:50 MDT

This summer I spent a week of holidays working as a volunteer in a bird shelter, it was an AMAZING experience, which connected with a lot of things going through my head in this period. I got this ideas while returning home.

The girl is a Griffon vulture, a species which can live up to about 40 years in captivity, and the figurines around the girl's neck are a small subset of animals which have gone extinct in the last 40 years. Data from a precious but utterly depressing site: http://extinctanimals.petermaas.nl/

Starting from upper left the figurines are:

  • Baiji (aka Yangtze River Dolphin)
  • Aldabra Warbler
  • Po'o-uli
  • Nukupu'u
  • Christmas Island Pipistrelle
  • Conondale Gastric-brooding Frog
  • Partula snails in general (more than 50 species wiped out at once, one of the saddest episodes in the history of biology)
  • Aldabra Banded Snail
  • Alaotra Grebe

Detail and sketches of the figurines:

http://www.animalshapes.it/linkati/s\_i\_remember\_detail.jpg

http://www.animalshapes.it/linkati/20100827b.jpg

The one at the top (the Warbler) is actually shown belly-up, because for many of the animals listed on the site all the references I could find were photos of specimens preserved in some museum. Better than nothing though...

More notes and WIPs on my blog:

http://animalshapes.blogspot.com/search/label/s\_i\_remember

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