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New Art at the Cornell Lab

If you haven’t been to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology lately, make it a point to stop into our visitor center.

You can do a little “indoor birding” at our expansive new mural by artist James Prosek. This “Wall of Silhouettes” spans the entire length and height of the observatory’s north wall and includes the shapes of 140 bird species in 7 habitats.

The artwork is a tribute to the rolex replica bird watching culture and the many contributions amateur birders have made to ornithology. As the artist explains, the mural “celebrates the blurred lines between hublot replica watches hard science and the intangible beauty of personal experience in the field.”

Each silhouette has a number—a nod to the end-papers in Roger Tory Peterson’s classic field guides. No bird names are shown. Instead, Prosek wants the viewer to simply study the bird shapes without being able to immediately answer the question, "What is that?" (A bird ID key is available at hublot replica the front desk.) Also be on the lookout for birds in classic poses from well-known works of art.

Prosek’s mural is just one way the Lab is celebrating its centennial (coming up in 2015) and highlights our long history of combining science with the visual arts. Learn more about the Wall of Silhouettes replica watches and watch a video with the artist.

Watch for two other permanent art installations that will be taking shape in the Lab’s observatory this year.

Maya Lin is designing the “Sound Ring” for the Lab, a sculptural component of her multi-media “What is Missing?” project commemorating hublot replica extinct and threatened species.

And this fall, Jane Kim will begin painting her “Evolution and Diversity of Birds” mural covering 375 million years of evolution from ancient marine life forms to modern birds.

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