Elizabeth Turk's The Tipping Point: Echoes of Extinction
In continuation of the multiyear outdoor sculpture program launched in 2022 to activate the Museum’s grounds, Elizabeth Turk’s The Tipping Point: Echoes of Extinction will mark the third installation in this initiative. Turk’s series comprises vertical sound sculptures of bird species that are endangered or are extinct. Each artwork is a sculptural visualization of the call of a bird that has reached, or surpassed, a tipping point. Whether it is a story of loss (the Ivory-billed Woodpecker) or regeneration (Bald Eagle), each sculpture stands as a totemic memorial to a particular species, reminding us of our role in the precious and delicate—and quickly changing—environment. Accompanying each sculpture is a QR code containing the audio files of the bird’s song; many of the species inhabit, or were previously found, in Texas.
Elizabeth TurkIvory-billed Woodpecker, 2022
Aluminum, powder coated burgundy
Elizabeth TurkBald Eagle, 2022
Aluminum, powder coated opalescent white
Image: Elizabeth Turk (b. 1961), Bald Eagle (detail), 2022, aluminum, powder coated opalescent white, Courtesy of the artist and Hirschl & Adler Modern, Photo by Eric Stoner, © Elizabeth Turk