The Library of Birmingham owns one of the world's most valuable books; John James Audubon's Birds of America. To mark the opening of the new library building, I was asked by Discovery Season curators Capsule to animate Audubon's images to appear on a permanently installed monitor located near the library's music and children's sections. It was also suggested that I laser-cut some form of frame to make the screen appear more attractive.
Although I was familiar with Audubon's work, when I acquired hi-resolution scans of the life-size bird illustrations, I was struck by the high level of detail in the prints. The book is rarely accessible to the public, however the images are readily available online, so using the tools provided I focused on both drawing attention to the library's possession of the original publication, and amplifying the painstaking attention to detail Audubon had put into documenting the creatures. Some of the birds featured are now as rare as his prized book, no thanks to Audubon who worked from dead specimens.