Painted: June 19, 2016
Climate Threat: The Boat-tailed Grackle, a native of Florida, has seen a 95 percent loss of breeding range and a 93 percent decrease in suitable climate areas according to Audubon's model. Farther up the East Coast, where the birds can fill out more tempered climates, the state of the species may be less dire, . But given that the grackle is a non-migratory coastal bird, traveling further inland is highly unlikely for it.
About the Artist: Ezo Wippler has been exhibiting his work since 1983. Originally from New York City, he was raised on the cusp of Puerto Rican spiritual culture contrasted against the cynicism and spectacle of modern American city life. He studied American comic books with The Ramones, The Clash, and disco as a soundtrack, while decorating his first subway car with cans of spray paint. He continues on that journey, exploring the world through the artistic filter of his vision. Follow him on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “Looking like a very cool, extra-large, electric blue-tinged crow. I enjoyed painting the elegant grackle with its feldspar feathers. I chose to paint a pair with a hazy industrial landscape in the distance, imagining a loving couple under threat and in intense debate over their next move. I picked this scenario in order to show not only their beauty but also their intelligence; hopefully this can also serve to educate their ultimate frenemy: ourselves.”