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May 05, 2011

Endangered Species on a Bus?

5389179920_ae4199bd8b If a picture is worth a thousand words, Todd Gilens is certainly getting the word out. The artist's “Endangered Species” project, which runs until the end of May, involves four San Francisco buses featuring giant ad-like photographs of different endangered species. Each bus includes a web link that provides information about the different species as well as nonprofit organizations involved in their conservation. 

“Endangered Species” started with Gilens wanting to draw a connection between growing cuts in public transit and diminishing species. “There’s an urban ecology to this commonwealth of urban infrastructure that we have. Public transit is another species among the species that’s being threatened at the periphery of the city,” he said.

The Endangerbus website encourages people to comment on the project via Flickr and Twitter and suggests guided walks to see local species in their habitats. A photo contest runs through May 20, and the winner will receive $150 and publication in Bay Nature Magazine

Said Gilens: “There has been a lot of interest from a very wide range. The environmental community has been very enthusiastic because they’re seeing these animals that are mostly hidden to citizens out in public – in very bold, beautiful ways.”

--Shirley Mak / photo courtsey Todd Gilens

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