Since 2011, groups in the UK and internationally have met on the last day of November to hold memorials for extinct species. There have been several ceremonies for the Great Auk (d.1844), including a burial at sea and funeral pyres in coastal Wales and Scotland. In Belgium, families lit candles for disappeared indigenous butterflies. In Brighton, paper flags inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead were waved in a procession for the Caribbean Monk Seal (d.1952). In 2014 there were a number of centenary memorials to the Passenger Pigeon (d.1914).
Photo: Ben Ellsworth
In 2015, Brighton’s ONCA Gallery marked Remembrance Day for Lost Species with the casting of a Bell for Lost Species, made at ONCA by Bristol-based mobile foundry/ performance collective Ore and Ingot. You can read a blog post about the event by storyteller Nick Hunt. In the lead-up to the event, local schoolchildren were invited to enter a competition to design the logo to be embossed on the Bell for Lost Species.
Ore & Ingot’s mobile foundry. O&R cast the Bell for Lost Species, 2015
Procession for the Rodrigues Solitaire in Brighton 2012. Photo: Ben Ellsworth
Feral Theatre’s Thylacine Tribute Cabaret, September 2016. Photo: Mari Opmeer
Martha’s Flock, Carmarthen, 2014. Artist Emily Laurens, photo: Keely Clarke