Visions of Passenger Pigeons by Gabriela Dellosso

14th Annual ARC Salon (2019-2020)

Gabriela Dellosso

Visions of Passenger Pigeons

2016

55.88 x 132.08 cm | 22 x 52 in

Pencil, Pastel, ink on paper

  • Honorable Mention / Drawing

This work is on loan from a private collection.

The inspiration for this drawing is the story of the extinction of one of the earth’s most abundant birds—the Passenger pigeon. I read in several sources they used to fly in flocks that darkened the skies for hours.  

In creating this piece of art, I wanted to tell the story of the bird’s journey through time. As I worked on it, I found myself wishing I could travel back in time and really see a flock in flight. If only people were a little more thoughtful, perhaps the Passenger pigeon would still be around today.