Memorial: the silence of extinction

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2006) Memorial: the silence of extinction.

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Abstract

'Memorial: the silence of extinction' is an artwork which commemorates the global loss of 27,000 plants and animals each year due to extinction. The artwork consists of 34 banners, each with 736 silk pockets. The total art work requires 51 metres of hanging space. People from around the world were invited to cut out a shape from a coloured piece of paper to commemorate the loss of a species. These shapes were placed in one a pocket in the banner. The Memorial project has been designed to heighten individual and community awareness of the annual global extinction rate.

Research Statement

Research Background The Memorial project has been designed to heighten individual and community awareness of the annual global extinction rate. It is a collaborative project that has involved many people, worldwide, in creating an artwork. The artwork will provide a physical and visual reminder of the estimated 27,000 species of plants and animals lost forever through extinction each year.
Research Contribution This artwork tests the capacity of visual work to foster a deeper understanding of the fragility of living entities and a greater concern for the biodiversity that we have inherited.
Research Significance This work is significant because it has demonstrated the capacity for visual art to provide a means of generating understanding. This artwork provides a visual representation of the unseen lost of 27,000 plant and animal species.
Item ID: 19170
Item Type: Artefact
Media of Output: Fabric. 37 panels, each 138 cm wide x 186 cm high. The total art work requires 51 metres of hanging space.
Keywords: artwork, extinction
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This work has been exhibited worldwide since its creation in 2006: -NEW Gallery, 16 December - 14 January 2011. -Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth, June 2011. -'Red Listed' exhibition by Robyn Glade-Wright at the Tanks Art Centre (Cairns Regional Council), 19 October - 16 November 2012.

Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 05:20
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