Hrair Sarkissian

Final Flight, 2018
Multi-media installation

In Final Flight (2018–2019), the artist explores the story of the endangered Northern Bald Ibis, the living descendants of birds depicted in the oldest Egyptian hieroglyphs. Although these birds were declared extinct in 1989, a surviving colony of seven was discovered in 2002 in the Syrian Desert near Palmyra. The 2011 onset of the war in Syria severely constrained the conservation programme, and the birds disappeared again around the time Palmyra was destroyed in 2014. Sarkissian employed new technologies and age-old techniques to create sculptures of the birds’ skulls. These works were produced through high-resolution photogrammetry 3D technology.

From Sharjah Art Foundation Collection