Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
This colorful mural covers the wall leading to the Auditorium but the best views can be found upstairs.
What was once a blank white wall is now home to 243 surviving bird families. “From So Simple a Beginning" depicts over 375 million years of bird evolution, with prehistoric and extinct species pictured in monochrome and living birds in vibrant, life-like colors. Completed in November 2015, this mural covers over 2,500 square feet of space. The artist Jane Kim envisioned this piece to invite viewers to contemplate both the diversity and the evolutionary forces that led to each species' presence in the mural today. The Lab also provides an accompanying online interactive on the second floor that allows users to learn about each bird as well as their corresponding families.
Founder of Ink Dwell studio, Jane Kim received her BFA at Rhode Island School of Design. She also holds a master’s certificate in scientific illustration from California State University, Monterey Bay. In addition to her work at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, she also created pieces for the National Aquarium, Smithsonian, and Yosemite National Park.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Art Walk