Other Animals

Glossy Ibis and Lewis’s Woodpecker by Kristy McCarthy and Pelumi Adegawa

Painted: 9/28/2018

Climate Threat: A recent transplant from across the Atlantic, the aptly named Glossy Ibis now occupies the northern and western parts of the New World. Audubon’s climate models show a continuing shift of the species’ suitable climate space in North America, especially in the summer season, with only 35 percent of the range remaining stable. The Lewis’s Woodpecker, which lives in orchards, along rivers, and on recent burn areas, faces a potential 100 percent loss of its current summer range and a 61 percent loss of current winter range. With its preference for old and diseased groves, forest die-offs—an expected result of climate change—may actually benefit the species. 

About the Artists: Kristy McCarthy is a self-taught painter, teaching artist, hair braider, and cultural organizer based in New York City. Painting under the moniker “D.Gale,” she utilizes art as a powerful tool to build community, raise awareness about social and environmental justice issues, and question the ways we interact with our environments. Her personal art practice draws on her interests in anthropology, herbology, and cosmology, exploring the human condition, and drawing parallels between living beings and their relationships with love, fear, identity, and death. McCarthy is the co-founder of the Harlem Art Collective and co-founder and co-organizer of Fiesta de Colores. You can view her work on her website: www.kristymccarthy.com

Pelumi Adegawa is a freelance artist, muralist, and instructor born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently residing in Brooklyn. She recently traveled to Nigeria to assist in teaching art to young teens while painting murals in her free time. Her current artwork focuses on historical and traditional subjects involving African culture, as well as her Nigerian-American background. Adegawa often creates a dialectic between former traditions and contemporary practices. 

Artists Kristy McCarthy and Pelumi Adegawa. Photo: Jon Heller

The Artists on the Mural: I chose the Glossy Ibis for its graceful disposition and beautifully colored plumage. I wanted to gift a mural to the neighborhood that would be be colorful, elegant, and visually appealing.” – McCarthy

“I chose the Lewis’s Woodpecker because of the bird’s combination of colors and size. The woodpecker’s dark, iridescent-green back in combination with its red face and belly really stood out to me. Although it is a small bird, the colors show boldness and strength.” – Adegawa

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