Patterns & Parallels
The Great Imperative to Survive
July 13 - October 15, 2023
This summer there will be an exhibition of photographs by Dr. Roberta Bondar: Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive.
Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative to Survive is a timely exhibition that highlights the great distances and habitats needed by three endangered or threatened international migratory birds that are now facing the challenge of climate change—the Lesser Flamingo, the Whooping Crane and the Piping Plover. This initiative was inspired by the natural phenomena of avian migration coupled with Dr. Bondar’s lifelong passion for flight and her unique perspective of planet Earth gained on her pioneering international space mission in 1992.
The exhibition consists of 30-35 large, dramatic colour ChromaLuxe metal (edge to edge) prints of Dr. Bondar ‘s aerial and surface images, plus selected NASA space images. The prints have a rear metal mounting back to give the print a floating-off-the-wall feel that mimics flight of both bird and astronaut.
Videos accompanying the exhibition allow us to see and experience bird behaviours first-hand, from chick to adult along their migration routes. The backstory videos of a Canadian icon at work in the field inspire us as we understand the importance of examining and minimizing our impact on planet Earth.