Dolls house book cable tied to an albatross ring
There aren't many albatross related toys but I managed to find a company that makes books for dolls houses and I bought a copy of the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". (Coleridge).
In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" the main character kills an albatross and as a penance has to wear it around his neck while the rest of the crew on his ship die around him.
The dolls house book is fixed to an albatross ring that is used to identify the bird. Seabirdecologists fix tracking devices with cable ties to the ring and can thereby work out how many thousand miles the bird has flown in a season. I didn't actually tie my copy of the ancient mariner to a albatross' leg and send it off to circumnavigate the globe- it felt like it would be a bit cruel and I'm not sure exactly how I would have justified it. Consequently I stuck it this construction I made from a camera tripod and small picture frame and photographed it.
In the floor of the box is a full size copy of a Coleridge poetry book, speakers are set into it and a recording plays when the box door is open.
The first voice is of a member of the crew on the ship (a real mariner) who relays a story of how he had to pick up an albatross to throw it into the air after it had crash landed on the ship. The second voice is the seabirdecologist explaining the migrating habits of the wandering albatross.
This work was also used in the exhibtion 'Transit Transition'
(film 1min. 24 secs.)