16 January 2013
*UPDATE This work was shortlisted for The Attenborough Prize as part of the Open 24 exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Pigeon Feather Pie Chart is the second visual interpretation that has come from a year of observing and collecting data on feral pigeons in Leicester (between 2010 – 2011), to support Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology with research into why pigeons exist in so many colour variations, in their project ‘Project Pigeon Watch’.
The digital print shows the average pigeon colour morph (varieties of feather colour) of pigeons observed over a year, to create a pie chart using pigeon feathers. The bright red imagery is taken from an early stamp created for the Pigeon-Gram service on the Great Barrier Island (New Zealand), produced when the Pigeon Post service began between the island and Auckland in 1897.