Exhibitions Wildlife

Pigeon Feather Pie Chart

16 January 2013

Pigeon Feather Pie Chart
Pigeon Feather Pie Chart

*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’.

Pigeon Feather Pie Chart as well as Pigeon Clock Graph and Half Eaten Bread and Seed have been selected to be part of the Open 24 exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery on until 7 April.

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.

Lucy Stevens’ artistic practice examines the acoustic ecology of the natural environment, using field recording, digital illustration, performance and printmaking as a tool to visualise sound produced by wildlife, weather and other natural phenomena.

2 comments on “Pigeon Feather Pie Chart

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