Painted: August 23, 2016
Climate Threat: The Golden-fronted Woodpecker prefers the dry, less densely forested areas of Texas as opposed to its cousin, the Red-bellied Woodpecker. Audubon's climate model shows a shift northward, where it can captitalize on more suitable living areas during the summer, but may still face a loss of ideal wintering grounds. The model predicts that only 38 percent of both summer and winter habitats will remain stable for the species.
About the Artist: Juan Travieso is an artist based in Miami and New York. Travieso transposes his work on endangered animal species with works relating to his own childhood and experiences growing up in Havana, Cuba. His art explores notions of impermanence and decay. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3-D models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age. Follow him on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “I chose this particular bird because of the awesome color patterns, and I love the incredible natural sounds that woodpeckers make.”