Vancouver, British Columbia – (January 16, 2019) Artists for Conservation (AFC) is pleased to announce the first outdoor installation of the "Silent Skies Mural Project" in the city of Kingsport, Tennessee - a 24-foot by 50 foot-long representation of the massive collaborative project unveiled last August at the 27th International Ornithological Congress and 8th Artists for Conservation Festival. Like the original, this waterproof vinyl version showcases the 678 species birds from around the world that are threatened with extinction. Work is underway now to install the the Kingsport mural reproduction, where it will be remain on display for most of 2019.
"As an organization, our efforts are rooted in bringing awareness to global conservation issues. With this in mind, the opportunity to involve artists from around the world in a collaborative conservation-based project only made sense," said AFC Founder and President Jeff Whiting. "The project involves over 160 artists from 15 countries and will be touring internationally in various configurations through 2022."
The main purpose of the mural is to bring awareness to endangered species of birds. Whiting further shares "A selection of world-class institutions will be invited to display the original, however the mural is also available for tour in an outdoor vinyl version, as well as a full-sized canvas print replica. "
We continue to raise funds through online sales of canvas prints, where a large portion of the proceeds supports conservation education among youth, as well as bird conservation directly. You an browse the mural online and gift a print while supporting conservation.
Announcements will be made in the coming weeks and months about other pending locations and new partnerships hosting the "Silent Skies" mural.
Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science projects and expeditions, an annual festival, awards and publications, AFC is dedicated to supporting wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature. The festival itself is a multi-day art and environmental education event, featuring a world-class conservation themed art exhibit with leading international, and regional artists, films, live art demos, music and cultural performances.
For more information about the mural and to inquire about hosting the mural, visit https://www.artistsforconservation.org/silent-skies to request an exhibit prospectus.