Author(s): Ceri Levy
A visual record of the first four Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibitions, this book introduces the ideas behind this unique art and conservation project, providing a platform for the artists to tell us why they got involved, and how they approached the brief - to "breathe life back into the birds we have lost - so we don't lose any more". Featuring the work of more than 180 artists and writers, Ghosts of Gone Birds captures the dazzling diversity of gone birds that exist beyond the familiar shape of the Dodo, and re-introduces the world to the delights of species like the Red-moustached Fruit Dove, the Snail-eating Coua and the Laughing Owl.
The Book of the Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition
Chris Aldhous believes in the power of storytelling to reveal new truths and loves nothing more than creating ideas that can take on an organic life of their own and surprise him with their continual reiteration. He put this theory into practice with the democratic, pan-European art project HYPE, category-breaking communication campaigns for several major NGOs and a range of long-form branded content initiatives covering subjects as wide as urban exploration and the early days of the Soviet space programme. He part-traces his idea for Ghosts of Gone Birds back to summer holidays spent with his grandfather, birdwatching along the Norfolk coast.