Gallery Mondays: Western Tanager by Yu-baba

western tanager u-baba audubon mural project

Over the weekend I came across this beautiful mural in Washington Heights on the iron gate of Marina Dental Center.

Painted by Belarusian artist Yu-baba as part of the Audubon Mural Project, the mural features a gorgeous western tanager, an American songbird, surrounded by leaves and berries.

In collaboration with  Gitler &_____ Gallery, the National Audubon Society’s Audubon Mural Project brings awareness to the climate-threatened birds of our environment.

Needless to say, I’m going on a hunt for all the rest of these murals! There are 67 murals currently complete, with 247 left to be painted.

Learn more about the Audubon Mural Project.

Gallery Mondays: WHAC Mural @ 181 Street Station

whac mural at 181 street subway nyc

Can you believe I didn’t see this mural as I exited the 181 Street subway station in NYC a few weeks ago? It was impossible to miss on my way back home, though.

Created by WHAC (Washington Heights Arts & Comics), the mural depicts several comic-esque animals in shades of green, pink, and blue against a gray background. There’s also the occasional white and yellow creature.

It’s so hard to pick a favorite animal on this mural, but if I really had to narrow it down, I’d say the rabbit. When I stare at the rabbit for too long I start to wish it would hop out of the photo I took. It would be so fun to play with!

Interestingly, there are a lot of animals in the mural with wings (birds, butterflies, a bat, a unicorn, and a dragon). I can’t seem to figure out if that has some sort of underlying meaning. The only thing I’ve been able to connect it to is the fact the mural is temporary, which is like a bird flying away from its perch and never returning.

Learn more about WHAC at www.whac-nyc.work.