Walter T. Matia (b. 1953)
The Tides that Bind, 2011
signed and dated on base "2011 MATIA"
bronze, 15 by 8 by 5 1/2 in.
inscribed "AP1" on base artist proof
Walter Matia writes: “The Red Knot migrates from wintering grounds in South America in a single flight timed to arrive at Delaware Bay on the Spring high tides of May. The birds need rich food in large amounts to successfully breed and raise chicks in the short Arctic summer. That food source comes from the eggs of the horseshoe crab, which time their breeding cycle to the same May high tides. They are The Tides that Bind these two species.
“Over-harvest of Horseshoe crabs has contributed to a 90 percent decline in the Red Knot population. Conservation efforts to reduce crab harvest have been a long term goal of the American Bird Conservancy. These efforts have been supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, for whom this bronze was originally commissioned.”
The consignor will donate 100% of the proceeds from
the sale of this bronze to the American Bird Conservancy. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1994, dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. They innovate and build on rapid advancements in science to achieve four main goals: halt extinctions, conserve habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.
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