Street art has always been a subversive form of art – it’s masterpieces inhabit dirty alleyways and run down tenements. It is art for the people and an opportunity for street artists to express their frustrations and fears to the masses.
ATM, renown street artist from London, is worried about the birds. More specifically, he is upset that we are not worried about the environmental warning signs he sees all over. ATM says, “Birds are often the most noticeable creatures to disappear, their loss the warning sign that something is fundamentally wrong in the way we treat our environment. They are the canary in the mine.” In order to raise awareness about endangered birds and climate change, ATM has partnered with the National Audubon Society to paint murals of endangered birds throughout cities around the world. Here are some of our favorites.
ATM started painting imperiled birds in 2014. The Audubon Society started to think about street art as a powerful medium for change around the same time.
Audubon society partnered with Gitler &_____ Gallery in the Hamilton Heights to promote awareness about endangered birds in 2014.
ATM says that his trans-Atlantic collaboration with the Audobon Society has been a natural next step because “the issues are the same worldwide.”
Here’s a Snipe, the first endangered bird ATM painted.
Here is a White Tail Hawk. It was hunted to extinction and reintroduced to the UK in 1918.
This is a Turtle Dove in London. There as been a 90 percent drop in their population in the past 20 years.
And there are many more.
In this case, it’s good to have your head in the clouds, so while we’re thinking about these beautiful birds, let’s dream big. ATM argues that these birds are endangered because of their disappearing habitat, “It’s destruction of habitat as a consequence of industrialized farming and urbanization which also drives climate change.” We can all make a difference to benefit birds and countless other animals with our food choices. Check out One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet campaign to learn more.