Giant ‘Audubon’s Birds Of America’ Book Stars In New Exhibit At Chicago’s Field Museum

CHICAGO (CBS)–A relic of watercolor creations
painted by famed American wildlife artist James Audubon more than
150 years ago has been dusted off and pulled out of the Field
Museum’s archives and put on display for public consumption.

The Field Museum’s newest exhibit, ‘Audubon’s Birds of
America’, showcases about 100 hand-painted species of North
American birds on three-foot-tall pages.

The book was kept in storage for many years in an area known to
museum curators as the ‘behind the scenes’ section, according
to Kate Golembiewski, a spokesperson for the Field Museum. Along
with thousands of other interesting artifacts kept in a private
area the back of the museum, in the past the public was able to see
‘Audubon’s Birds of America’ only by making a
reservation.

(Michelle Kuo)

Curators recently decided the giant book was worthy of its own
exhibit. The display opened to the public April 19 in the T.
Kimball and Nancy N. Booker Gallery and it will remain open until
Dec. 1.

(Michelle Kuo)

The book measures 39-by-26 inches and includes paintings of at
least 100 bird species Audubon discovered during a 12-year
exhibition he took starting in 1826 to illustrative every native
bird species in North America.

During his bird-exploring journey, Audubon painted a few species
that would eventually become extinct, including the Whooping Crane
and passenger pigeons, according to the Field Museum.

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Giant ‘Audubon’s Birds Of America’ Book Stars In New Exhibit At Chicago’s Field Museum