Audubon Mural Project

Pinyon Jay by Mary Lacy

Location: 3668 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Painted: 10/24/16

Climate Threat: This sky-blue jay is one of the most specialiazed birds in the United States and Canada. Its entire life is tied to the availability of conifer trees, specifically pinyon seeds. Audubon's climate model predicts that its suitable climate space will withdraw in both summer and winter, contracting further into the Intermountain West.  

About the Artist: Mary Lacy is from Jericho, Vermont. She often focuses on painting native creatures back into the city conscience. In addition to mural commissions, she has taught both elementary children and was an adjunct professor at Burlington College. Mary graduated from New York University in 2013 with a degree in history and politics. She is currently traveling across the country on a 10-city mural tour in her own bucket truck, painting a mural in each place she goes. Follow her on Instagram.

The Artist on the Mural: “I would say that the reason I chose the Pinyon Jay is that I loved the blues! I liked the relatively monochromatic color scheme because it gives me more freedom to play within that one color and the colors become more about dimension and shape than pattern.  No two shapes on the bird are the same color (except its feet).”  

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