Art Walk

Take this tour to see some of the hidden gems of art located at the Lab of O!

Art Walk

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Tour Information

Welcome to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology!

This tour is designed to provide additional information about the stunning artwork here at the Lab. Featured works range from sculptures, to paintings, to wall-sized murals. Each piece of the Lab's collection contributes to the historic relationship between ornithology and artistry, and continues to tell the unique narrative between people and the environment.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Sound Ring by Maya Lin

Head to the front desk where you'll easily spot this acoustic artwork.    Made of sustainably-harvested American walnut, Maya Lin’s Sound Ring is a marvel for both your eyes and your ears. As a part of her “What is Missing?” memoria... Read more
Peregrine Falcon Pursuing a Ring-necked Pheasant by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Walk towards the store and look up to the second floor to find our next stop.   This painting is yet another work Frederick Brewster commissioned Louis Agassiz Fuertes to create for his private library in New Haven, Connecticut. It depic... Read more
Wall of Silhouettes by James Prosek

It's hard to miss this black and white wall-sized mural.   As a component of the Lab’s 2015 centennial anniversary, James Prosek created the “Wall of Silhouettes” to acknowledge the interconnected history of ornithological science a... Read more
Fuertes Room by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Opposite of the black and white mural is the entrance to the Auditorium and Fuertes Room.    This room was once the private library of Frederick Brewster. In 1909, Brewster commissioned Ithaca-born artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes to design t... Read more
Bartels Science Illustration Internship Art

Follow the signs toward the restrooms to check out this hidden stop.    The Bartels Science Illustration Internship is a unique opportunity for both upcoming artists and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Since 2007, these rotating internshi... Read more
From So Simple a Beginning by Jame Kim and InkDwell Studio

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 mill... Read more
Williams Gallery of Art

Follow the stairs up to enjoy a stroll through this gallery.    The Williams Gallery of Art features an array of bird portraits and artwork from a variety of artists all over the world. These works have been donated and collected over the... Read more
Metal Bird Sculptures by Bill Reid

To find these sculptures, visit the Adelson Library at the end of the upstairs hallway.   Bill Reid became interested in artistic creation during his years in high school. He developed his talents at the Kansas City Art Institute for sculp... Read more
Passenger Pigeon by Todd McGrain

You'll find this impressive sculpture just outside the Visitor Center entrance.    In a span of less than fifty years, Passenger Pigeons went from comprising up to forty percent of land birds in North America to almost completely extinct ... Read more
The Sapsucker Cairn by Andy Goldsworthy

To find the Sapsucker Cairn, follow the Hoyt-Pileated Trail that begins across the road from the main entrance of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The cairn is located to the right a few minutes down the trail.    The construction of “S... Read more


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