My 5 year old is doing a science project he calls My Best Birds, where he compares Peregrine Falcons to Canaries, mainly because he liked how they looked. While learning about each bird’s diet and location in the world, he came to a stunning conclusion. Wild canaries exist exclusively in the Canary Islands, while Peregrine Falcons exist almost all over the world.
“So wait.” he said. “If Falcons mainly eat other birds, do the falcons that live in the Canary Islands eat canaries?”
There was a comtemplative pause while he looked at the photos of falcons and canaries on his display board, and then my wife chimed in, “We could call your project ‘Who Ate My Canary.'”
Now he’s dead set on calling it that, while my wife and I curse our sense of humor and await the call from the teacher.
“When grass gets plenty of sunlight, it produces chlorophyll and therefore turns green – but the less light it receives, the more yellow the colour is,” explains JWT art director Mark Norcutt of the process used to make the work. “Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey discovered that by projecting a bright black-and-white negative image onto a patch of grass as it grows (in an otherwise dark room), they can use the natural photosensitive properties of the grass to reproduce photographs. From a distance it looks like any other monochrome photograph (albeit with a slightly unusual tint); up close, it looks like perfectly ordinary grass. But even individual blades sometimes have a range of hues, as any given cell can respond to the amount of light it receives.”