Our springs are more and more silent because the birds are no longer there to sing: to account for the symbolic and real impact of this disappearance, through art and shared creation, such is the bet of the Walls of Audubon .
Initiated in Harlem, in the United States, under the name of Audubon Mural Project, the art project in the public space Les Murs d’Audubon consists in painting, on the walls of cities, frescoes representing birds threatened by the climate change. He finds his inspiration in the most remarkable illustrations of birds, those produced by the French-American naturalist painter Jean-Jacques Audubon in the 19th century.
Born of a collaboration between the National Audubon Society – American bird protection society – and the Gitler & _____ Gallery, based in Harlem, the project quickly attracted the attention of the public and the press and spread throughout the city of New York then many other American cities.
2020 UNDER THE SIGN OF THE LIVING
Continuing the movement that appeared in the United States, COAL is carrying the Audubon Mural Project in France: Les Murs d’Audubon. The holding of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, The International Union for the Conservation of Nature, in Marseille in June 2020, and the deployment of VIVANT, a Cultural Season for Biodiversity by COAL, during the summer and spring 2020, are all reasons to call street artists, cities, places of nature conservation, and everyone to carry out frescoes of birds in the city. Citizen mobilization, creative and committed to deal with the erosion of biodiversity caused by climate change.
MURALS ALL OVER FRANCE
The Audubon Walls were to be launched in Loire-Atlantique, where Jean-Jacques Audubon is from, linked to the Loire-Atlantique department. COVID has decided otherwise! The walls of Audubon will be deployed from summer 2020 in a plurality of places: cities, institutions, parks and nature reserves, associations and cultural places including the City of Boulogne sur mer and its Street Art program, the Pays Portes de Gascogne, the Natural Reserves of France, the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Anglet, the walls of Marseille…
The launch of the Audubon Mural Project in France echoes Jacques Loeuille’s film Birds of America, a 2018 COAL Prize-winning project which deals with the disappearance of American birds and which will be released in France in the fall of 2020 or early 2021 .
A big thank you to everyone who supports The Audubon Murals !
Williamson’s Sapsucker by ATM, New York, 2016. © Mike Fernandez/Audubon
Bald Eagle by Peter Daverington, New York, 2014. © Camilla Cerea/Audubon
Swallow-tailed Kite (and Others) by Lunar New Year, New York, 2015. © Mike Fernandez/Audubon