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

Audubon Mural Project

Violet-green Swallow by Christian Penn

Location: 3662 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Painted: 7/21/2018

Climate Threat: Audubon's climate model projects a 64 percent loss of the Violet-green Swallow's current summer range, with some potential new habitat across the northern latitudes. In winter, the Violet-green Swallow might hunker down in the Gulf Coast states, especially in peninsular Florida and South Texas.

About the Artist: Christian Penn is the Executive Director of Projectivity Group, a 501c3 non profit organization based in Staten Island that focuses on arts and the youth. He also does work in schools and with different youth agencies, getting students passionate about media and building confidence and leadership skills through the arts. Because of his roots in the graffiti world, spray paint is Penn's medium of choice, and he is responsible for coordinating a number street art projects throughout New York City.  

The Artist on the Mural: “I always prefer painting colorful tropical birds. When I looked through the Audubon's list of [climate-]endangered North American birds, the Violet-green Swallow stood out with its deep hues that blend really nicely. I'm partial to its palette of blues, greens, and purples.” 

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