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The Helmet Project Installations
Copyright@2017 Cindy Kane

The viewer enters a room with a grid of 24 beds. Each bed is made out of foam core, measures 60 x 29 inches, and is covered with a white sheet and a pillow. On each pillowcase is a hand-painted image of an extinct bird. The lower part of the bed is draped with a white banner, which is stenciled with the name of each bird and the date of its last sighting. 

There is enough space between the rows for a person to walk through. The deepening visual experience evokes a refugee camp or a hospital ward. It is the environment that is unwell, and the beds become symbols for lost species that now exist only in photographs and in our psyches, dreams, and memories.