Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Lord God Bird

This personal drawing will be part of a group show at Fuse Gallery in NYC.

19th century southern farmers took to calling the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker the 'Lord God Bird' because of its unnerving majesty. Most serious bird people believe it has been extinct for 50 years. But, in 2005 a group of ornithologists made the claim they had seen one in Arkansas (the have a fuzzy inconclusive video to prove it). Despite throngs of amateur and professional bird-watchers canvassing the deep south, no such sightings have been made since. Skeptical experts doubt the bird sighting was legitimate and suspected a conspiracy. If indeed it was an actual sighting, some scientists have speculated that the single bird seen in 2005 was the very last Lord God Bird.

Oddly, he was last seen drawing a sword from the mouth of a fish.

10 comments:

matt kirkland said...

Ooh.

That's a good one, John.

Matthew Smith said...

everything is perfect. beautiful!

julia said...

i like this a lot. it'd make a great band poster =)

Melanie said...

I really like this one a lot, too.

Morgan said...

I love the type. I bet you had fun with that one.

logan said...

Wow, this one is awesome John.

Nathan said...

Has Sufjan seen this? Good stuff.

John Hendrix said...

I think it did get sent to Sufjan.
I loved the song he wrote...

scartoonist said...

Nice folklore and natural beauty in this one. Great trees.

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Best,
Ben