‘Racing Extinction’, A Spectacular Slide Show of Endangered Animals Projected Onto the Empire State Building


On August 1, 2015, the Oceanic Preservation Society in partnership with Discovery, created “Racing Extinction“, a spectacular event in which slides of endangered animals were projected onto the side of the Empire State Building. Coming from the minds of director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) and artist Travis Threlkel of Obscura Digital, the stunning projections demonstrated just how serious the threat of extinction is to these beautiful animals.

Manta rays, 40 stories high. Blue whales swimming hundreds of feet above the city streets. The vision of Academy Award® winning, RACING EXTINCTION director Louie Psihoyos and world-renowned visual artist Travis Threlkel (Chief Creative Officer of Obscura Digital), this projection event on one of the world’s most iconic buildings will catalyze a movement to preserve the real treasure of our beautiful planet: its life. Music from RACING EXTINCTION by Academy Award® nominated composer J. Ralph.

The show also paid a heartfelt tribute to Cecil the lion.

Donations to this noble cause can be made via the Oceanic Preservation Society or through the Racing Extinction site.

Projecting Change




Projecting Change Projectors

images via OPS/Racing Extinction

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.