Endangered Species

Commission, 2014

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Endangered Species was commissioned by the Perth Museum and Art Gallery and exhibited in the ‘Past Present Future’ exhibition in December 2014. It is in the museum’s permanent collection and the commission was part of the Creative Scotland Place Partnership programme.

The two bronze sculpture Endangered Species I and II celebrate the significance of the natural history collections in Perth Museum, whilst also highlighting the sustainability of freshwater pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera). Scotland is home to nearly one-third of the world population of freshwater pearl mussels.

An optical lens is set into the top of the sculpture. Looking through the lens, viewers find a map of the Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in Scotland. Besides Tay, the major conservations areas are Mingarry Burn, Ardnamurchan Burns, Moidart, Moriston, Kerry, North Harris, Abhainn Clais An Eas and Allt a ‘Mhuilinn, Borgie, Naver, Oykel, Evelix, Spey, Dee and South Esk.

As part of the project, the artist mentored two art students on public art and bronze casting.