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

Audubon Mural Project

Rufous Hummingbird by Yumi Rodriguez

Location: 3860 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Painted: 7/8/2018

Climate Threat: This striking little species breeds as far north as Alaska and winters as far south as Mexico. It's projected to lose all of its non-breeding range by the year 2080, as per Audubon's climate model, and its summer range is also projected to contract and shift up in latitude. 

About the Artist: Yumarlin "Yumi" Rodriguez was born and raised in the small Dominican enclave that is Washington Heights. She has a deep love of exploring, animals, and the natural world. which she takes up after her grandfather, Odalis Alvarez. He believed that she could make a difference in the world using her talents. He fell ill shortly before she was admitted into The Cooper Union's School of Art in the fall of 2018, so she decided to paint a mural in his honor at the barbershop where he worked. When Rodriguez isn't trying to save the planet, she can be found bending her body every which way as a certified yoga instructor; caring for creatures as a licensed veterinary technician; proctoring exams at LaGuardia Community College's Natural Science's department; or at the American Museum of Natural History, where she interns as an illustrator for spider anatomy.

Video: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

The Artist on the Mural: "‘Vuela, Vuela, Colibris,’ translates to ‘fly, fly, hummingbird.’ It's a saying my grandparents would say to me. It‘s a metaphor that has taken many meanings in my life, and in this piece I hope that my message—to care for one another and the world around us—can take flight.”

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