Ubiquities

 Ubiquities

This is more a single work of 10 parts than it is a series. The 10 1898 maps of New York City are augmented to trace the rise of one Pigeon species and the fall of another from “Pre-1700” until “1914.”

The Palladium gilded surfaces shrink from map to map to indicate the dwindling density of the Passenger Pigeon population–-as if they were flying over New York City and obscuring our view. The first map (pre-1700) is completely covered, to reference the massive flocks of the time. The last map (1914) has no gilding, because that is the year the very last Passenger Pigeon Martha died.

As more of the map is revealed, the red dots marking it increase to signify the rise of Rock Dove flocks in New York (and other cities). The number and placement is a fiction (no one has bothered to track the lowly Pigeon that closely).  But the fiction follows historical references to the increasing bird population.

The Legend was removed from the original map and in its place are short historical texts from many sources commenting on Passenger Pigeons and Rock Doves to help guide us through their histories.

The maps are giclee printed on 300gsm French rag paper.  9 x 12 inches.  They were scanned at 4800dpi from the original engraved, hand-colored map published by Encyclopedia Britannica in 1898.