The Lost Bird Project

The Bryan Museum is pleased to partner with the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council and Houston Audubon to present a special traveling exhibition of five large scale bronzes by artist, Todd McGrain.  Each sculpture memorializes a bird driven to extinction in North America in the 20th century, reminding us of what has gone missing.

Poignantly, a cast of each sculpture is permanently installed near the last sighting of the bird.  Five site-specific sculptures have been placed including the Great Auk in Newfoundland, the Passenger Pigeon in Ohio, the Labrador Duck in New York, the Carolina Parakeet in Florida, and the Heath Hen in Martha’s Vineyard.

The sixth sculpture, commemorating the Eskimo Curlew will be unveiled on Galveston Island, on March 28, 2020 to coincide with the opening of this exhibit. McGrain’s five other Lost Bird bronzes will be placed the grounds of The Bryan Museum. The exhibit and unveiling will also celebrate the start of Featherfest 2020, one of the largest birding festivals on the Gulf CoastThe exhibit will run through mid-September and will be complimented by a wide range of public programs and talks jointly presented by The Bryan Museum and Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.

The Lost Bird Project has been ten years in the making and has been the subject of a feature length documentary.  McGrain’s work has been exhibited at museums across the country including the Smithsonian and the National Museum of Wildlife in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The exhibition celebrates the beauty of nature and the delicate balance between man and the environment.

March 28, 2020 – September 27,2020