The Greater Sage-Grouse is a bird whose physical appearance is astounding during mating displays, reminiscent of a bomb. By these characteristics, he often attracts attention and lives mainly in the northwest of the United States. It is also the symbol of the sagebrush steppe, an ecosystem threatened by the extraction of fossil fuels and other industrial developments. According to Audubon’s climate models, the Sage-Grouse is likely to lose almost its entire current range, due to changes in its ecosystem, if the rise in temperatures is not controlled.
Painted in 2018 in New York, we owe this fresco to the artist George Boorujy, who explores our relationship to the environment, in particular our interaction and our perception of wildlife. He has participated in national and international exhibitions and is represented by the PPOW gallery in New York.
“The health of the environment and its people – including us – is our responsibility,” says Boorujy. “This is why I wanted to portray this bird as daring and confrontational and remind us that we have to hold ourselves accountable.”
Sage Grouse, Georges Boorujy, 3920 Broadway, New York, NY 10032, 2018. © Photography by MikeFernandez / Audubon.