Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Bird Fair Mural

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

During the Bird Fair many of the artists who are here displaying and selling their work participate in the Great Mural Project. They each paint a bird or something on the giant mural, which has had a background painted in. The mural is reproduced on cards, which are sold to raise money for conservation. When the mural depicts the birds of a specific region, ecosystem, or country, it is donated to that place to be used as a fundraiser and to be displayed to raise awareness.

This year's mural depicted the birds of Rutland Water, the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust reserve where the Bird Fair is held each year. Here are a few images of the mural being painted over the weekend.

The first few birds are painted in on the mural.

And then a few more artists add their contributions.

And a few more....

Soon the mural begins to look like a more complete work.

Chris Rose working on his grebe for the mural, mixing colors, adding shadows on the water.

Darren Rees added a peregrine falcon zooming upward over the scene.

It's a nice diversion from the Bird Fair to watch the artists create birds on the mural. At times there are three or four birds being painted by as many artists. The mural is just one of many things that make this event so interesting, successful, and world famous.


On August 25, 2009 at 8:17 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

Oh, to be a fly on the mural. Hope you said hey to Darren and many others for me!

come home.

On August 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM Anonymous said...

Please show us a picture of the completed mural. Looks beautiful.

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