Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon
Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

Audubon Mural Project

Bay-breasted Warbler & Semipalmated Plover by FIFTY/FFTY

Location: 3300 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Painted: 10/23/2017

Climate Threat: The Bay-breasted Warbler feasts on spruce budworms during the Canadian summers. But Audubon's climate model projects that only four percent of this wood warbler's summer range will be stable by 2080. The Semipalmated Sandpiper is even more vulnerable to climate change, as it relies on key coastal wintering grounds that are prone to contraction. Audubon's findings show that it may move inland to account for range loss.

About the Artist: Paul Johnson, also known as FIFTY or FFTY, is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist based in Detroit whose techniques range from photography, murals, prints, and tattoos. Holding on to the idea of never growing up, he tries to convey happy and fun expressions: His work tends to deal with cartoon-based illustrations and the abstraction of colors and shapes playing together. He's a big fan of simple and cute qualities of kawaii and anime drawing aspects. Follow him on Instagram.

The Artist on the Mural: “I felt both birds looked really cute and small. I chose the Bay-breasted Warbler because of its beautiful color, and I picked the Semipalmated Plover because I liked its detail above the beak. They remind me of chibi versions of birds, or something that is smaller in stature compared to the majority.”

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