Genus Trogon
Artist
Shaun Pickard

Date
2005

Materials
Language, Neon


Location
Borough
Bury

Cluster
Bury

OS grid ref
SD 8032310590

Coordinates
Latitude 53.591516

Longitude -2.298747

Postcode
Nearest, BL9 0DR

Perched high up on the back of Bury Art Museum is Genus Trogon, a neon text work dedicated to a bird specimen, the Trogon, the museum thought it had in its collection but didn’t. The discovery came when the artist, a keen birdwatcher, was researching Bury's museum collection, and found that Victorian collectors had mis-labelled various ornithological specimens.

The work was originally created in 2005 as part of Bury’s Text Festival, dedicated to investigating the cross-over between art and language.

Pickard’s work takes much of its influence from the natural world, its classifications and contradictions. In addition to neon text-based work such as this he uses a range of materials.

If you’ve never been to Bury Art Museum don’t miss its fine permanent collection which includes oil paintings by J MW¬†Turner, Sir Edwin Landseer and John Constable and a growing modern and contemporary collection including artists such as Victore Pasmore and Edward Burra.


Genus Trogen


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