Painted: March 28, 2014
Sponsored By: Harlem Public
Climate Threat: The climate report predicts that just 11 percent of the American Redstart’s summer range will remain the same by 2080. The highly migratory bird may be able to adapt, but only if the plants and insects they rely on move north, too. Learn more about how climate change threatens this bird.
About the Artist: James Alicea is a born and bred New York City graphic designer and artist. Alicea, who also paints under the name BlusterOne, is a graduate of the acclaimed High School of Art & Design (the city's graffiti Mecca) and received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. He has co-founded the successful graffiti-inspired clothing brand PNB Nation and the Japanese clothing brand AndSuns and is a long-time member of the art collective, The Barnstormers. In 2011 he co-founded the private art studio and community art hub 596ArtistUnion.
The Artist on the Bird: “I chose this bird initially because of its high contrast flat graphic color blocks, but as I looked further I discovered this bird is a superb migratory bird, almost nomadic and goes where the food is. I relate to this bird because, like it, I am always on the move.”