Only 250 giclees of each image in the Living Endemic Birds of Hawai’i series will ever be reproduced. The originals were commissioned to bring awareness and support to San Diego Zoo's Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program.
"Marian Berger's paintings, modeled after those of John James Audubon's Birds of America, are here reproduced as high quality giclees by Karen Kaufman, who owns and operates one of the top fine arts reproduction studios in all of Hawai'i.
Each painting is meticulously reproduced using top-of-the-line archival grade inks with an expected life of 100+ years. The paper is high quality, acid free, 100% cotton rag, natural white, heavy weight (310g) and thick (19mil). It is also textured to produce the luxurious appearance and feel of handmade papers of the 19th century.
In addition, each print is lightly embossed in the lower left hand corner with an image of the Hawaiian Islands and the initials LEBH (for the Living Endemic Birds of Hawai'i). This physical "watermark", only visible on close inspection, marks the print as original, and echos the watermarks of Audubon's great works.
Lastly, the edges of each print are manually deckled to produce a fine, handcrafted look...again similar to Audubon's original prints... making them suitable for either matting or floating with the edges fully exposed. The final result...a masterpiece nearly indistinguishable from the originals.
In this print the Ae’o or Hawaiian Stilt (Himantopus Mexicanus Knudseni) is featured in a Taro (Colocasia esculenta) field.
Additional information from the website of R. Shirley:
Also known as the Hawaiian Stilt.
From the series of thirty-three prints, Living Endemic Birds of Hawaii, by Marian Berger.
From summitpacific.com: "Hawaiian Stilts are endangered due to hunting, loss of habitat, environmental contaminants, and introduced predators such as feral cats, rats, mongoose, and bullfrogs. Other avian predators include owls, herons, and Cattle egrets. Hunting or shooting the Hawaiian Stilt is illegal.
The Hawaiian stilt is a slender wading bird that has the longest bill of all members of the stilt group. It feeds mainly on insects and crustaceans and readily moves to newly disturbed sites where invertebrates are easy to obtain."
This Royal Octavo size measures 6.5 x 10.25 inches.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 07 November, 2011.