Philip Napier

Dead Again

Swansea Museum

Philip Napier found a display-case of fire-damaged stuffed-birds in a burnt-out pub in Belfast. He was taken by the relationship of the sanctity of preserving these birds in their museum-style glass case and the fact that they were dead and then ‘killed’ again by the fire.

He placed the birds outside Swansea Museum to emphasise their frailty and vulnerability even after they had originally been preserved for posterity.