Art Walk

Explore artwork within the Visitor Center and on the trails.

Art Walk

Ithaca, New York 14882, United States

Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Tour Information

Explore the artwork located within the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Visitor Center and on the trails at Sapsucker Woods. Featured works include sculptures, paintings, and murals spanning over 5,000 square feet. Each piece of the Lab's collection contributes to the historic relationship between ornithology and artistry and continues to tell the unique narrative of the interaction between people and the environment.

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What You'll See on the Tour

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? memorial to ext... Read more
It's hard to miss this black and white mural, which spans 120 feet in width and 40 feet in height.  As part of the Cornell Lab’s 2015 centennial anniversary, James Prosek created the Wall of Silhouettes to acknowledge the interconnect... Read more
Opposite of Prosek's mural is the entrance to the Auditorium and the Fuertes Room.  This room was once the private library of Frederick Brewster. In 1909, Brewster commissioned Ithaca-born artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes to design the teak-p... Read more
Walk towards the store from the Fuertes room and look up to the second floor to find our next stop. Frederick Brewster commissioned artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes to create this painting for his private library in New Haven, Connecticut. I... Read more
This bronze sculpture is located near the entrance to the Bartels Theater, below the Fuertes painting of the Peregrine Falcon in pursuit of a pheasant.  The sculpture Virginia, by artist Ross Matteson, was commissioned in honor of Tom ... Read more
Pseudodontron ("pseudo-teeth")  Look at this skeleton from two angles: from below looking up toward the Peregrine painting by Fuertes or from eye-level by the second floor near the entrance to the Adelson Library. This skeleton is a cast ... Read more
Follow the signs toward the restrooms to find this hidden stop.  The Bartels Science Illustration Program provides a unique opportunity for both upcoming artists and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Since 2007, these rotating residencies... Read more
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 now serves as home to 243 surviving bird families. From So Simple a Beginning depicts over 375 m... Read more
Take the stairs or elevator to the second floor to experience 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 collecte... Read more
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 sculptur... Read more
You'll find this sculpture just outside the Visitor Center entrance.  Within less than fifty years, Passenger Pigeons went from comprising up to forty percent of the land bird population of North America to almost completely extinct—al... Read more
The sculpture of a Whooping Crane by Kent Ullberg was unveiled in May 2018 in honor of George Archibald, PhD ’77. Archibald is the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation and winner of the Cornell Lab’s Arthur A. Allen Award, ... Read more
To find the Sapsucker Cairn, follow the Hoyt-Pileated Trail, which begins across the road from the main entrance of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The cairn is located on the right just a few minutes down the trail.  The construction of ... Read more


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