ONE PLANET, 243 FAMILIES, 375 MILLION YEARS
The Wall of Birds Project is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the world of birds. Envisioned by Cornell Lab ornithologists to showcase biodiversity and evolutionary change, the project features 270 species from all surviving bird families accompanied by a ghostly parade of extinct ancestors.
Artist Jane Kim and her colleagues from Ink Dwell studio brought the mural to life on the largest wall in the Cornell Lab’s visitor center in Ithaca, New York—painting each life-sized bird in colorful detail. The mural and its online interactive comprehensively represent the spectacular variety in the bird world from past to present.
MORE THAN A MURAL
Full of gorgeous birds painted in exacting detail, the mural invites viewers first to marvel at the diversity of birds and then to contemplate the evolutionary forces that brought them into being, spread them across the globe, and led to their dazzling variety of forms and colors.
To carry the mural’s message beyond the people who come to the Cornell Lab visitor center, we are building an online interactive feature as part of Bird Academy. Viewers can explore the mural through high-resolution images, learn the basics about each of the bird families of the world, and explore collections of some of the most impressive and outrageous birds on the planet.