Endangered Animal Tray - glass art / visual art / activist art / gilded / gold / platter / server / tea tray / environmental art / ecology


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This tray I made contains every federally endangered and threatened plant and animal that lives in Iowa. I made it as a miniature mock-up for a mural proposal. Ever since learning to weave a year ago I have been obsessed with medieval mille-fleur tapestries with the patterning of plants that fill every crevice with no regard for diminishing perspective. I also have a special fondness for the odd stylization of the animals from art of this period. They are often drawn so so wrong, with too many limbs, odd human faces, etc...creatively formed based on hear-say instead of observation. The endangered flora and fauna of Iowa have also become abstracted from us and I am fearful that in the not-too distant future they will quietly vanish, only to be known through hear-say as well. The medieval style I have rendered them in thus feels suitable.

The artwork is on the actual glass. It was oil gilded with composition gold leaf and then reverse painted with enamel paints. The glass measures 10" x 14" and the tray measures 11 1/4" x 17 3/4" (or 15 1/4" with out the handles). The handles are removable if you would prefer to hang it as a picture. The tray with plain glass was a found vintage object and shows some of it's age.

Here is the list of federally endangered species in Iowa (from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services website):



Indiana Bat

Rusty Patched Bumblebee

Higgins Eye Pearlymussel

Sheepnose Mussel

Spectacle Case Mussel

Poweshiek Skipperling (butterfly)

Topeka Shiner (fish)

Pallid Sturgeon (fish)

Iowa Pleistocene Snail 

Least Tern (bird)


Northern Long-eared Bat

Piping Plover (bird)

Dakota Skipper (butterfly)



Bush-clover Prairie 

Mead’s Milkweed

Northern Wild Monkshood

Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

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