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Shop > Artists' Books

#08589

Specimen Colony

Artist
Alec Finlay
Price
$36.00
Date
2008
Publisher
The Bluecoat
Format
Artists' Books
Details
Softcover
ISBN
978-1-84631-133-8
Size
14.9 × 20 × 1.6 cm
Length
143 
Description

Produced in collaboration with The Bluecoat, Liverpool’s oldest arts center, Alec Finlay’s “Specimen Colony” draws on an exhibition and permanent open-air installation of participative public sculpture that creates a series of colorful colonies formed by nest boxes—functional and familiar objects created by Finlay whose form suggests the schematic figure of a bird.

Finlay’s work transposes the colors of exotic birds found on foreign postage stamps onto these nest boxes—playfully commenting on Liverpool’s global links of trade and migration while contemplating the city’s avian emblem. This collage of postage stamps and their remarkable birds that illustrate them evokes communication, correspondence, and collecting, and also make Specimen Colony a lushly illustrated artist’s book.

  1. Specimen Colony
 

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