Painted: June 19, 2016
Climate Threat: Horned Grebes nest along lakes and ponds across the Great Plains, and into the Boreal Forest of western Canada. According to Audubon's climate model projections. the Horned Grebe could see a devastating 100 percent loss of its current summer range by 2080. The species also spends its winters at sea where climate change has already affected food quality and availability.
About the Artist: Giannina Gutierrez is a New York City-based artist residing in East Harlem, New York. She is of Colombian origin, raised in Queens, New York. An artists since an early age, Gutierrez went on to study in various arts programs: Cooper Union Saturday Program, The Art Students League of New York. She majored in Fine Art at Pratt Institute. Her work has been part of several group exhibits in New York, D.C., Chicago, and Miami; she's currently working on several public art projects, in addition to being a teaching artist in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. Her love of environment and form is evident through her bold shapes and treatment of media. Through her work, she explores the dynamics of universal, spiritual, and human experience, using vibrant palettes & textures. Follow her on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “I chose the Horned Grebe for its striking appearance; with it's fiery eyes and mohawk-like feathers, this bird strikes me as a rebel. He refuses to be endangered.”