Alchemical Aviary 

by David Faithfull

Impact 10, International Print Conference, Santander Spain, September 2019

Pursued by the inevitability of climatic change, the Dotterel retreats further up its bleak mountain peak, forced into a tourniquet of ecological misfortune, it has no choice but to finally launch itself from the mountain top one last time, into eternal oblivion.


Global warming is regarded as a major threat to birds of montane habitats. 

The Dotterel is one of several birds on the UK’s endangered species list.


Using Alchemical Birds as metaphor for ecological Transmutation, Alchemical Aviary was first exhibited at the Cupar Arts Festival in 2016 as an installation and series of large bird murals and multiples around the closes and walls of the town.