This installation aims to draw attention to the impact of artificial light on birds, especially on traveling birds. Artificial light at night (ALAN) or light pollution is an increasing and worldwide problem. Birds use stars to orient their journey between summer breeding grounds and winter feeding grounds. The artificial lights produced by humans disrupt the migration of birds, often with fatal consequences. The collision of migrating birds with human-built structures and windows is a world-wide problem that results in the mortality of millions of birds each year. Birds killed or injured at such structures are due to two main factors. The first of these is the lighting of structures at night, which “traps” many species of nocturnal migrants. The second factor contributing to the hazard is the presence of windows, which birds in flight either cannot detect, or misinterpret. In combination, these two factors result in a high level of direct human-caused mortality.
The installation consists of several parts:
1. a cut out in form of a bird over which a led tube is applied, symbolizing the bird that seeks its light for orientation, but finds only an artificial one
2. a transparent plexiglass cut out in the form of a female bust, filled with drawings engraved on the surface, representing the artist who is a guardian of the birds
All of these are put on view in a glass display case.
Turning into light was displayed at Media Arts Festival Arad 2018 – De Rerum Natura