Audubon Mural Project

Sandhill Crane by Kim Power

Location: 3740 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Painted: April 12, 2017

Climate Threat: Once heavily hunted in the 19th century, the Sandhill Crane is now considered a rebound success. Though no longer in grave danger, this crane may face greater hardships due to the changing climate. Its winter ranges is expected to face a 58 percent loss by 2080. 

About the Artist: Kim Power is a mixed-media painter and art writer based in the Bronx. Power has lived in and exhibited her art in France, the Netherlands, and across the United States. Power combines acrylics, oil painting, pyrography, and collage on wood panel in layered imagery that both reveals and conceals itself through a combination of additive and subtractive methodologies. Recently, she returned to landscape painting to reconnect with nature and create environmental awareness. Recognizing the strong relationship her Bronx community has with the land, she's creating a new series of paintings based on, but not limited to, the borough's topography and wildlife entitled, This Land. It includes both plein-air painting and imaginary landscapes inspired by her studies in the field. Follow her work on Instagram.

Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

The Artist on the Mural: I chose the Sandhill Crane for its elegant beauty, but also because I was intrigued by its unique mating dance that combines choreography of flapping, bowing, and jumping that seems a joyful celebration of life. Noted conservationist, Aldo Leopold captures them beautifully in his essay Marshland Elegy (1948), 'On motionless wing they emerge from the lifting mists, sweep a final arc of sky, and settle in clangorous descending spirals to their feeding grounds. A new day has begun on the crane marsh.' Although I’ve never seen an actual Sandhill Crane, I could easily picture them in the phragmites marsh at Van Cortlandt Park where I spend many peaceful moments watching the birdlife in my neighborhood. It is a pleasure to honor this majestic bird.

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