Photo: Christine Lin/Audubon

Audubon Mural Project

Reddish Egret by Matthew Woodward

Location: 3604 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Painted: 11/20/2017

Climate Threat: Often putting on a show as it lurks and stabs at fishes in the shallows of the Gulf Coast, the Reddish Egret is hard to miss. But because these large birds prefer estuaries to pure saltwater or freshwater, they're vulnerable to rising seas. Audubon's climate model predicts that both their summer and winter ranges will shift by 2080 as their preferred habitats shrink.

About the Artist: Matthew Woodward is an artist whose pieces has close connections to his birthplace and home state of New York. His work usually begins with an historical object, often an architectural emblem, which he then removes from its context and disorts. By doing this, he attempts to call attention to an image that is impossibly familiar. Follow him on Instagram.

The Artist on the Mural: Years ago, I spent some time in Florida, where the Reddish Egret is a resident. I was struck by the world in Florida and the egrets—timeless birds that look like they have been born from a deep and unique reverence for the Earth, and as if they were a testament to that same wild and kindly unhurried spirit that had also moved us through.

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