Friday, June 21, 2013

2011 Endangered Species

On 7 September 2011, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued a set of 12 stamps depicting endangered species. These are the nineteenth set of stamps in UNPA's multi-year Endangered Species series. The series was launched on 3 March 1993 to highlight the need for the protection of endangered species throughout the world. In 2011 the endangered species feature endangered birds.
The 2011 Endangered Species stamps were designed by Wendy Wray (U.S.A.). After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dress design from the Art Institute in Chicago, the multi-talented Wendy Wray ran off to Paris for a few years and eventually returned stateside to hang out with the Max's Kansas City/Warhol crew in New York City. Turning her interests towards graphite, and eventually pastel, her trademark work has been heralded for 30 years for its intense details. Ms. Wray most frequently renders intricate images of animals and thoughtful, introspective portraits of people. The peripatetic artist now proudly resides in Denver. These are Ms. Wray's first stamp designs for the United Nations.
The US$ 0.44 stamp depicts the Japanese crane (Grus japonensis). The CHF 1.00 stamp depicts the Black stork (Ciconia nigra) and the The € 0.70 stamps depict the Red-fronted parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae).

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