2016: Audubon Mural Project
In 2016 the Mile of Murals collaborated with New York's Audubon Mural Project to pilot the Chicago edition. The Audubon Mural Project began in 2014 as a public art initiative of the National Audubon Society, in partnership with the Harlem-based Gitler &_____ Gallery of upper Manhattan, New York. The goal of the project is to paint murals honoring North American bird species that Audubon’s research has determined are threatened by climate change in this century, in order to bring awareness to this environmental crisis. As of 2016, 314 of the total 588 national species of birds have been identified as threatened by anticipated climate change due to compromised migratory patterns, reduced food supply, and depreciated air quality.
For this project, we worked closely with the Audubon Great Lakes Regional Office to identify birds within our Chicago area region that are threatened, across six habitat categories. The birds featured in these murals include the Tree Swallow, Baltimore Oriole, Peregrine Falcon, Bald Eagle, Hooded Merganser, Mallard, and Wood Duck, Black Crowned Night Heron, Black Cormorant, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and White-breasted Nuthatch.
The artists are: Ruben Aguirre, Cheri Charlton. Andrea Jablonski, Anthony Lewellen, Tyrue Slang Jones, and Chris Silva.
These are some photos of the works in progress as of October 2016.