‘Lost Bird’ artist visits sculptures at Centre, Blair
CENTER COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Larger-than-life sculptures of five extinct birds serve as a reminder of the consequences human activity can have on biodiversity.
It’s called ‘The Lost Bird Project’ and features the homing pigeon, Carolina parakeet, heather hen, great auk and Labrador duck.
You’ll find these statues at five locations in Center and Blair counties, including the Penn State Arboretum, Hintz Family Alumni Center, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, and Penn State Altoona Reflecting Pond.
Creator and artist Todd McGrain visited his work on Friday April 8, connecting with members of the Environmental Centers.
“Remembering what we’ve lost, I think, makes us cherish more what we have and what we still need to protect,” McGrain said. “It’s a great place to tell this story because we have so much to protect here.”
“The Lost Bird Project” is a traveling exhibit that has been touring the country for about ten years.
“If my art can help people get more deeply involved in conservation and bird life in particular, that’s what I would love to see happen,” McGrain said.