Look again. This pigeon is wearing a colorful, crocheted suit.
Laurel Roth Hope’s animal sculptures use humor to address the serious subject of species extinction. By putting a colorful ensemble on a common species, it masquerades as an extinct North American bird—giving the appearance of biodiversity, even if it can’t be reclaimed in real life.
See “Biodiversity Reclamation Suit: Carolina Parakeet” (2009) now at our Renwick Gallery, which is home to @americanartmuseum‘s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art.