Painted: June 12, 2016
Climate Threat: Common to the plains of western North America, Ferruginous Hawk populations are being threatened as prairies are converted into grasslands for cattle grazing and farmland. This has disrupted a main source of food for the hawks: the parairie dog. Audubon's climate model predicts an 84 percent reduction of the species' summer range by 2080.
About the Artist: Brooklyn artist Ben Angotti works in dualities. A classically trained artist, he juxtaposes high Romantic themes and symbolism, with urban street art and graffiti to create powerful commentaries on sensuality and the dark recesses of the human soul. He works in oils, acrylic, and spray paint to create works that are at once temporal and timeless. Eros and Thanatos ground his work thematically. His female forms are ethereal, and carry a sense of the fleeting moment that they convey. Follow him on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “I've always loved raptors and always marveled at how they can be both beautiful and deadly. I picked this hawk because of it's resemblance to the Red-tailed Hawk. I used to have one living outside my old apartment, and saw it take out a squirrel once. Badass.”