Audubon Mural Project

Anhinga by Lexi Bella

Location: 3458 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Painted: 10/2/16

Climate Threat: Known as the “snake bird” because of its habit of riding low in the water so that only its neck, head, and long bill are visible above the water line. Audubon's climate model shows an abrupt northward shift in summer range, with just 5 percent of its current range remaining stable. Most of the world’s Anhingas live in Latin America, so data from those regions will be needed to make broad predictions about overall future of the Anhinga. 

About the Artist: Lexi Bella is a New York City-based artist: a painter, muralist, and street artist. Raised in Medford, New Jersey, Bella gained a B.F.A. in Painting from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania in 2003, the went on to achieve an M.F.A from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia in 2006. That same year she moved to Brooklyn and has been NYC based ever since. Lexi Bella has painted walls all around NYC, the US and abroad Bella started creating large scale spray murals in NYC in 2011, but began to gain attention in 2014 when she was chosen after a competitive jury process to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and produce her Lower East Side Heroines Project. 

The Artist on the Mural: “They are both beautiful and mysterious and have been sources of inspiration in art in history. I liked the juxtaposition of the light and dark and the yin and yang aspect of them together visually.”

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