On a Wing and a Prayer by Angela Tier
On a Wing and a Prayer
The bird urns signify the wider global issue of the Holocene extinction also known today as the sixth mass extinction or Anthropocene extinction; which is the impact of human activity on earth.
Urns are a common symbol of death and so are used in this artwork as a warning sign that if we are not careful about the natural balance of our eco systems, then we risk losing these birds forever; along with many other flora and fauna worldwide.
The removal of urns from this exhibition symbolizes how quickly our birds could be lost to us in actuality and all the viewers are left with is a token to remind them of what once was.
These New Zealand birds are currently on the critically endangered list found on nzbirdsonline.org.nz and are represented as hand-built coiled urns in this exhibition.
Special thanks to Richard Wotton for the photographs.