The Audubon Mural Project – Rockford is a public art project featuring birds that have identified by the National Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report. According to that report, climate change will impact 314 species of birds by 2080, including the Baltimore Oriole. The Baltimore Oriole is one of the most brilliantly colored songbirds, flaming orange and black, sharing the heraldic colors of the coat of arms of 17th-century Lord Baltimore.
The Baltimore Oriole will be the second mural located in Rockford. Other murals include a Yellow-headed Blackbird, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Sandhill Crane, Tree Swallow, and a Peregrine Falcon.
This mural is part of CRE8IV (pronounced “Creative”), a community-building, arts-infused event. Over the course of the festival, eight lead artists will work with teams of artists to create eight large-scale murals in Rockford’s central city and will be completed by local artist Brett Whitacre.
This project originated in NYC, but is being brought to Rockford by Sinnissippi Audubon in collaboration with Gitler & ___. In 2016, the Mile of Murals in Chicago also collaborated with the Harlem-based gallery to paint a mural featuring birds identified in Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report.
Climate change is one of the most critical challenges facing our world and the artistic movement to confront climate change has steadily gained momentum. Art can serve as a powerful tool to increase awareness and beautify our city!
About The Artist, Brett Whitacre
Brett is a self-taught American artist living and working in Northern Illinois. His art is inspired by a mix of vintage and modern advertising as well as American history. Upon moving to Chicago in 2000, he began collecting otherwise discarded materials from alleyways. He applies his imagery to the found objects juxtaposing old and new. The end result of his work tends to have a strong modern feel contrasted with a rustic warmth.