November 16, 2007Passersby on University Avenue in the Neighborhood of the Arts can now see a new addition to the Memorial Art Gallery's sculpture collection -- a work in bronze by Associate Professor Todd McGrain that memorializes the now extinct Passenger Pigeon. The sculpture is part of a series by McGrain called "Lost Birds" that immortalizes five North American birds driven to extinction: the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, and the Heath Hen. "The smooth surface, like a stone polished from touch, conjures the effect of memory and time," says McGrain. "It compels us to recognize the finality of our loss, it asks us not to forget it, and it reminds us of our duty to prevent further extinction." McGrain is one of only six artists invited to participate in next summer's Third Rochester Biennial at the Memorial Art Gallery. "Passenger Pigeon" isn't the Gallery's only new outdoor public art this year; this summer, MAG was the site of a Rochester Transit System bus shelter ARTWalk redesign. The new bus shelter, designed by Ed Stringham, is next to "Passenger Pigeon" on the Gallery's front lawn. Funds for the purchase of "Passenger Pigeon" came from Andrew and Melissa Stern and the Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund.