Audubon Mural Project

Montezuma Quail by Hagar Fletcher

Location: 3740 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Painted: April 1, 2017

Climate Threat: This speckled quail resides in the thick, grassy understory of oak woodlands. Its habitat is maintained by frequent low-intensity fires and is easily disturbed by overgrazing. If oak forests persist—even as the bird's summer range is projected to dwindle due to climate change—then we may be able to maintain the Montezuma Quail's current range.

About the Artist: After completing her military service, Hagar Fletcher left her kibbutz in the Jordan Valley to study photography for three years in Nottingham, England, before setting out as a Camera Press news photographer in Africa. She studied art and design for two years in the Ecole des Arts Appliques and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Back in Israel, she photographed portfolios for actors and models, designed furniture, and decorated shops in Tel Aviv. Hagar studied for four years in the Basis School of Sculpture in Israel and works in mixed media, bronze, wood, and found objects. Her concept is: “We hate plastic, which is indestructible and will pollute our world for hundreds of years. We cannot get rid of the stuff. So if plastic lasts for ever, why not recycle used supermarket shopping bags to create a timeless work of art?”

Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

The Artist on the Mural: I chose the Montezuma Quail because it's shy and plain and so beautiful in a modest way.

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