In the spring of 2019, a dozen sculpted birds will join those winging their way through murals in and around Audubon’s final home Minnie’s Land. The organizers of the Audubon Mural Project have announced The Audubon Sculpture Project, a new public art initiative sponsored by The National Audubon Society, Gitler &_____ , NYC Audubon and the Broadway Mall Association.
For this installation, the twelfth the Broadway Malls Association has produced, artist Nicolas Holiber will sculpt twelve birds that the National Audubon Society has found to be particularly threatened by climate change. The dozen sculptures will be crafted in vacant retail spaces along the Broadway corridor over the next year, and in April 2019, installed on Broadway between 67th and 168th Streets where they will remain until winter. Among the designated locations is Tanya Payan Park at Broadway and 157th Street, a site within the historic footprint of Audubon’s farm Minnie’s Land.
Ms. Holiber will build each sculpture using reclaimed wood sourced from the city itself and left untreated in the changing NYC climate for eight months, highlighting the effects of global warming and habitat destruction that these birds experience. Of the 145 threatened species that live in or migrate through the city, The Audubon Sculpture Project will include American Bittern, Hairy Woodpecker, Western Tanager, Double-crested Cormorant, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Brant, Snowy Owl, Red-necked Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin.
Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Avi Gitler at Gitler &_____,
All donations will be made through the National Audubon Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, and are tax deductible within the limits prescribed by law.