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.
Many birds painted by Jane Kim
African Section of mural
Cormorant in progress
Great Grey Owl
Detail Broadbill Bird
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.
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 Danp.wordpress.com). 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, Danp.wordpress.com
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.
Bird affected by South Korea Oil Spill from greenexpander.com
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