Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon
Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

Audubon Mural Project

Gyrfalcon by Frank Parga

Location: 3750 Broadway at W. 156th St., New York, NY 10032

Painted: 8/30/2018

Climate Threat: The Gyrfalcon is a great white bird of the great white north. It depends on wide, free expanses in the Arctic to hunt large birds and other prey, but may lose much of it's current stalking grounds to climate change. Audubon's model holds that by 2080, nearly half of its suitable habitat will be unstable.

About the Artist: Frank Parga lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a minor in sculpture from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Fine Arts in studio art from New York University in 2002. Parga is a professional artist who works as an educator and mentor for youth from elementary schools to the university level, and is currently the director of education at One River School of Art and Design in Larchmont, New York. He has worked in collaboration with the Brooklyn Arts Council, Creative Artworks, el Museo del Barrio and Groundswell Mural Project. His work has been shown nationally as well as internationally. Follow him on Instagram.

The Artist on the Mural: “After researching many birds, I chose the Gyrfalcon first off for its physical beauty. As I read more about it I became more fascinated. It's the largest falcon in North America; it lives in the Arctic and travels to Alaska for the winter months.”

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