‘I almost cracked’: 16-month artistic performance of mass extinction comes to a close


Since 2019, Lucienne Rickard has been drawing detailed sketches of lost species in a Hobart gallery. On Sunday she erased the final one

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart is filled with people waiting for the swift parrot to disappear.

Hobart artist Lucienne Rickard has spent five weeks drawing a large-scale pencil sketch of the critically endangered bird. Picking up her eraser, she tells her audience, “If we don’t do something soon, this is what will happen.”

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