Endangered Species Project

1100+ Urns

The Endangered Species Project features an installation of over 1100 burial urns, one created for each North American endangered, threatened, extinct, or recovered species listed under the Endangered Species Act. Funerary urns are a powerful icon representing death and loss, and historically have been used in many cultures. The urns are made from porcelain clay and are sized to hold an average human’s ashes, between 10 and 13 inches tall. Each urn has a meticulously carved surface portraying a specific species. The urns are not made for use, they are displayed empty as a sign of hope. By making an urn for each species, it is making species rarely seen, visible. All of the urns will be displayed together in one large exhibition, starting in Fall 2027 and will travel across the united states.