Painted: 9/25 to 10/2/2015.
Climate Threat: The outline of the mural depicts the Swallow-tailed Kite, a bird that is projected to lose 70 percent of its summer habitat, according to the Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report. Depicted inside the kite is a composite of 12 other birds, each threatened by climate change: Scarlet Tanager, American Kestrel, Black-and-white Warbler, Tree Swallow, Northern Harrier, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Golden Eagle, White-throated Sparrow, Ring-billed Gull, Common Raven, and Baltimore Oriole. Learn more about the threats these species face at climate.audubon.org.
About the Artist: Lunar New Year is an artist, muralist, and interloper defined by borders and hybridity. His artwork and murals question politics, injustice, and cross-cultural identity by making visible the stories that are often left invisible and silenced. His iconography spans a wide combination of mythology, portraiture, and secular signifiers. LNY is also an educator, organizer, and public speaker for such projects as Young New Yorkers in Brooklyn, Yollocalli Arts Reach in Chicago, and City Without Walls in Newark, New Jersey. He was raised within the duality of Ecuador and the United States, currently living and working in Newark, as well as worldwide. You can learn more on his website or follow him on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “It’s a depiction of urgency, showing 12 bird species under threat of extinction due to climate change. The composition plays homage to Audubon’s work by replicating his Swallow-Tailed Kite painting that encapsulates the flock of endangered birds.”
The mural is painted on the entire west side of The Stella, a pioneering low-income housing building owned and operated by Broadway Housing Communities, and it is across the street from John James Audubon’s grave site, which is in the Trinity Church Cemetery at 155th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam. Watch the video of it being painted: