The Completion of a Life Size Bird Mural Starts the New Year

What a perfect way to start the new year with the completion of the life size bird mural, So Simple, a Beginning.

It was about a year ago that I first wrote about Jane Kim of InkDwell‘s endeavor to depict the evolution of the world’s birds in a giant 70 x 40 foot mural for Cornell University’s Department of Ornithology. It’s taken a year and that’s pretty miraculous considering the intricate detail and accuracy involved to paint 270 birds and even a few dinosaurs.

Here are InkDwell‘s photos below showing the stunning result. Casart wallcoverings were used in the early stage as temporary wallpaper templates for the continents and geographical locations on top of which the birds were painted.

1_Many birds painted by Jane Kim on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Many birds painted by Jane Kim

African Section of mural on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

African Section of mural

Cassowary bird painted by Jane Kim on Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog

Cassowary Bird

Jane adding details Secretary Bird_casartblog

Secretary Bird

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Early Stages

Cormorant in progress_casartblog

Cormorant in progress

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Great Grey Owl

Detail Broadbill bird_casartblog

Detail Broadbill Bird

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Great Hornbill

Congratulations to Jane and her crew for all their hard work to create the largest and first-of-its-kind educational mural about the evolution of birds!!

Casart coverings is glad to have played even a small part in this major endeavor.

Next time you’re in New York, be sure to visit the Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology to see the mural in person and perhaps even do a little bird watching while there.

Bird Memorial Mural

In my own tribute to the egrets and wildlife in the marshes that are being affected by what is going on in the Gulf with the BP oil spill. Here’s a wonderful bird and wildlife mural in Portland Oregon that happened to be finished Memorial Day last year (from These scenes are painted on exterior walls of the Wilhelm Portland Memorial Mausoleum in the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. This is kind of an odd building on which to paint and to find art but it does help to beautify it and certainly fits with it’s surroundings. It is the largest hand painted mural in the US. I really like the way this was constructed with multiple views & angles. The murals were painted by Art FX :


All images from AWOG,




Shane Bennett with mallard for Oaks Bottom mural. Courtesy Shane Bennett

These photos are so heartwrenching:


Oil reaches the marshlands on the northeast pass of the Mississippi Delta May 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace


A dragonfly tries to clean itself as it is stuck to marsh grass covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Garden Island Bay on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana near Venice on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

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Bird affected by South Korea Oil Spill from

Ending on a positive note, here’s an opportunity for artists to apply and paint public art murals in Portland, OR through the Regional Arts & Culture Council. There is eligibility up to $10,000 in matching funds awarded. Application deadline is July 7, 2010. Click link for details.

RACC_The Musicians Union Mural (2006) by Isaka Shamsud-Din, Joe Cotter, Hector Hernandez, and Baba Wagué Diakité

RACC_The Musicians Union Mural (2006) by Isaka Shamsud-Din, Joe Cotter, Hector Hernandez, and Baba Wagué Diakité