Initiated in Harlem, in the United States, the Audubon Mural Project, is an art project in public space consisting in painting, on the city walls, frescoes representing birds threatened by climate change. It is inspired by illustrations of the birds of North America produced by the Franco-American naturalist painter Jean-Jacques Audubon in the 19th century. Born of a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and the Gitler & _____ Gallery, the project quickly caught the attention of the public and the press and spread throughout New York and many other American cities.

Particularly present in the border states of the United States and in Mexico, the superb Red-faced Warblers thrive in the cool mountain forests or in habitats located on islands surrounded by warm tropical meadows. As the climate warms, these forests shrink and recede to the mountain peaks. If warming continues without control, Audubon estimates that Warblers could lose up to 80% of their current habitat.

In this mural sponsored by Annette Gibert Hansen, ATM, street artist living in London, uses her artistic skills to celebrate the beauty of the birds and communicate on the crisis linked to their extinction. When he prepares a mural, he “looks at the shape of the wall, its location, its environment, its surface,” he says, and “tries to think of what type of bird will fit into this space.” According to him, the Red-faced Warbler is special: “I have never seen anything like it. “He said.

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Red-faced Warbler, ATM, 601 W. 162 St., New York, NY 10032, 2016. © Photography by MikeFernandez / Audubon.