Creating The Audubon Sculpture Project



On the Broadway Mall, at the entrance to the West Side Arts Coalition, at Broadway & 96th Street

The National Audubon Society, Gitler &___ , NYC Audubon and the Broadway Mall Association have a very special installation scheduled for April, 2019.  The Project Kicked-Off with a Party on January 11th at The American Academy of Arts & Letters.

Here is a sneak-peek of what we might expect to see along the Broadway Malls from 67th Street to 168th Street, and the Kickstarter Campaign that will make this happen.

Hamilton Heights and beyond were delighted by Gitler & ___  Audubon Mural Project.  Now, in conjunction with The Hamilton Heights and beyond were dNow, in conjunction with The National Audubon Society, NYC Audubon, the Broadway Mall Association, and artist Nicolas Holiber, The Audubon Sculpture Project is now on the drawing board. Holiber will build 12 sculptures of birds that the National Audubon Society has found to be particularly threatened by climate change. 

The artworks are scheduled to be installed along the Broadway Mall from 67th Street to 168th Street. From the 145 threatened species that live in, or migrate through the city, The Audubon Sculpture Project as chosen a dozen species that include ~ American Bittern, Hairy Woodpecker, Western Tanager, Double-crested Cormorant, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Brant, Snowy Owl, Rednecked Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, and Merlin.

This Project recognizes that Audubon’s 2014 Bird & Climate Change Report warned that half of all North American bird species will be jeopardized over the coming decades due to “shifting and shrinking habitat zones as a result of global warming.”

Each of the sculptures will be built using reclaimed wood, sourced from the city and left untreated outdoors for 8 months – highlighting the effects of global warming and habitat destruction.

Renderings of some of the sculpture pieces are on this page, courtesy of Gitler & ___.

You might remember the Brooklyn-based artist, Nicholas Holiber from his March 2016 solo exhibit at Gitler & __ and his large-scale installation, Head of Goliath in Tribeca Park.

The Audubon Sculpture Project Kickoff Party was held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 West 155th Street.

The Audubon Sculpture Project Donations and Sponsor Opportunities are here.

Update ~ Preparing to launch the project, Nicholas Holiber: Birds on Broadway in May 17, 2019.