A series of wire and textile birds created for the ‘Cley 16’ Art Exhibition. They were displayed at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s, Cley Nature Reserve and in the grounds of St Margeret’s Church. The birds graphically demonstrated the impact of pollution on wildlife. Each bird was labelled with a cause of death; from ingesting plastic to being covered in oil and starvation due to loss of habitat.
The internationally important nature reserve of Cley offers a sanctuary for birds and wildlife of all kinds and it forms the backdrop to our fable. The three connected pieces combines art and story. Our work tells a narrative of the serious impact that anthropogenic debris has on so many ecosystems and populations of wild species. Small seemingly insignificant random acts of wastefulness come together with serious unpredictable consequences. Some 100 million tons of plastic are floating and travelling in the oceans. Especially lethal is ingested plastic, oil contamination, and discarded fishing tackle, all so carelessly disposed of and causing slow, painful deaths to everything from tiny seabirds to whales. The story also questions our evolving relationship with the wonders of nature from twitching to trophy hunting, taxidermy to gastronomic delights.
Unless we start to rectify the damage; will all that we have left, to remind us of extinct species, be contained in museum cases or represented in spiritual effigies?
‘Requiem’ is part of a trilogy at ‘Cley 16’ which also includes and ‘Cygnus’ and ‘Harry Pashley’s Bell Jars’.