Extinct bird immortalized in N.L.
American artist Todd McGrain has created a two-metre tall, cast-bronze sculpture of the Great Auk that faces out toward the islands where they once lived.
It's part of a series of sculptures McGrain has made honouring extinct birds called The Lost Bird Project. "The sculpture actually faces [Newfoundland's] Funk Islands, which were the last North American roosting sites of the Great Auk and it's also the site of the most dramatic destruction of the population. It's where so many birds were taken to supply feathers for the feather trade in Europe", McGrain said.
McGrain said he's going to place a similar sculpture of the bird in Iceland, which was another significant migration point for the Great Auk.