By MATT A.V. CHABAN
Millions of birds are migrating through New York City at the moment, flying south for the winter. Recently, 13 fowl of different species alighted on the side of a building at the corner of 155th Street and Broadway. They have no plans to go anywhere anytime soon.
This white-throated sparrow, yellow-bellied sapsucker, magnolia warbler and their 10 companions are colored by spray paint, not feathers. They make up a five-story mural that is the latest, and largest, installation by the Audubon Mural Project.
Since taking flight last fall, this environmental campaign crossed with street art has adorned 17 rolldown gates and building entrances in the uptown neighborhoods John James Audubon once called home.
The piece, at 575 West 155th Street, is the first of what the organizers hope will be many large-scale murals, along with more gates and facades. The goal is to populate the area with paintings of 314 North American birds threatened by the effects of climate change.
“People have really been enjoying the gates, but this mural is so eye-catching and impactful, it’s a slam dunk for us,” said Mark Jannot, vice president of content at the National Audubon Society.
The project is a collaboration between the National Audubon Society, a local gallerist named Avi Gitler, and business and property owners throughout Washington Heights and Harlem.