Les Murs D’Audubon
Our springs are getting quieter and quieter because the birds are no longer there to sing: the challenge of Les Murs d’Audubon is to take into account the symbolic and real impact of this disappearance, through art and shared creation.
The Audubon Mural Project is a public art project in Harlem, United States, that paints murals of birds threatened by climate change on city walls. It is inspired by the 19th century illustrations of North American birds by French-American naturalist Jean-Jacques Audubon.
Born of a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and the Gitler Gallery, the project quickly attracted public and press attention and spread throughout New York City and many other American cities.
Continuing the movement that began in the United States, COAL is bringing the Audubon Mural Project to France in partnership with the National Audubon Society and the LPO. By calling on street artists, children and residents to create frescoes of birds in the city, the project allows for the emergence of a large, creative and committed citizen mobilization to address the erosion of biodiversity caused by climate change. A high visibility event, to reach and engage a large public on the most urgent issues of our time.
Les Murs d’Audubon aims to reach the territories and to develop everywhere in France in a plurality of places: parks and natural reserves, cities, institutions, associations and cultural places.
CONTEXT AND STAKES
SILENT SPRINGS, A MOBILIZATION THAT WANTS TO BE HEARD
Les Murs d’Audubon is part of a general and global context that is that of the sixth mass extinction, marked in particular by the disappearance of birds, a third of which have already disappeared in the last twenty years. Making visible the dramatic extinction of birds is a symbol and a unifying struggle, both politically and poetically. Birds, with their songs and colors, universally illustrate the diversity and richness of nature and an emotional relationship with living things.
THE WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS
The Audubon Walls was launched by COAL in the context of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress in Marseille in 2021 and VIVANT, a Cultural Season for Biodiversity by COAL, in 2020-2021. It is carried out in partnership with the National Audubon Society and the League for the Protection of Birds.
A FEW NUMBERS
1,313 bird species are threatened with extinction
in the world out of 10,000 species in total;
1/3 of the birds have already disappeared in France
over the past twenty years;
In Paris, 3 out of 4 sparrows have disappeared in 13 years.
Similarly, the Turtle Dove has lost
more than 90% of its population in the
in the Ile-de-France region.
GENERAL INTEREST PROGRAM THROUGHOUT FRANCE
Beyond the participation in a collective movement on an international and national scale, the Murs d’Audubon is also, for the organizations that participate, a support and an anchor to develop a program of cultural actions and awareness on the scale of their territory.
Screenings, meetings, workshops, talks on the issue of birds, bringing together local actors (nature reserves, schools, parks, gardens, associations), workshops for young people, are set up on a local scale to mobilize and raise awareness.
This awareness and mediation program is accompanied by the implementation of concrete actions: distribution of a charter of use to local residents, development of bird nesting boxes and feeders with the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux and local associations.
AND IN EUROPE
The European cooperation network Art Climate Transition, of which COAL is a part, has launched a campaign that deploys Audubon Walls across Europe: “Your birds, Our birds”. By spreading Audubon Walls across Europe, the network is raising awareness about the disappearance of many European bird species due to the sixth mass extinction.
Led by ACT members, the “Your Birds, Our Birds” campaign invites and enables a local community to create a mural, either through a call for projects or through an art commission.
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Communities, nature conservation sites, schools, businesses, festivals, individuals, join the Audubon Walls.
If you are an artist and you wish to participate in the project in France, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE LEAGUE FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS
The League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) is a French environmental protection association founded in 1912. The LPO works to protect biodiversity by learning about and protecting species, developing and preserving areas, raising awareness and mobilising the public, and supporting businesses and local authorities.
With over a century of commitment and a network of local associations active throughout the country, the LPO is now the leading nature protection association in France. The LPO has over 60,000 members and more than 8,000 volunteers – join them!
Les Murs d’Audubon is run by COAL in collaboration with partners throughout France.
COAL, an association set up in France in 2008 by professionals in the fields of contemporary art, ecology and research, mobilises artists and cultural players around societal and environmental issues and supports the essential role of creativity and culture in raising awareness and implementing concrete solutions. Through the COAL Prize, international cooperation initiatives and more than fifty exhibitions and local cultural projects, COAL is the first French organisation to promote the emergence of a new culture of the environment. of a new ecological culture.
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