Audubon Mural Project

Tundra Swan by Boy Kong

Location: 3631 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Painted: 10/19/2014

About the BirdA long-distant migrant, each spring the Tundra Swan flies from wintering grounds scattered throughout the United States to the tundra of far northern Canada. Because the Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, this habitat is changing rapidly, and there’s essentially nowhere farther north for the bird to go. If temperatures rise to 3 degrees Celsius, 93 percent of its breeding habitat is projected to be lost; if kept at 1.5 degrees, that loss could be cut in half.

About the ArtistMaking art described as “eye candy” by one critic, Boy Kong is one of the rising stars of the growing art scene in Florida. A self-taught artist, Boy is often inspired by Asian folklore and traditions, and his works are fused with a surrealistic sensibility. He took this aesthetic to his avian subject: “Swans don’t seem like they have enough attitude,” he says. “I wanted to give the bird some flare and color!”

Boy Kong's original mural (left) was recreated to be more swan-like (middle), and became the first official Audubon mural painted in West Harlem. A third rendition (right) had to be painted after the size of the gate changed. The newest version on the streets is a result of tagging by graffiti artists. Photo: Camilla Cerea and Mike Fernandez/Audubon

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