Member Talk: A Conversation with Wall of Birds muralist Jane Kim

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Member Talk: A Conversation with Wall of Birds muralist Jane Kim, Ink Dwell cofounder Thayer Walker and Dr. Jack Dumbacher, Curator of Ornithology and Mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences

As the founder of Ink Dwell studio, artist and science illustrator Jane Kim creates monumental public art that explores the wonders of the natural world. One of her largest works is the Wall of Birds, a 2,500 square-foot mural celebrating the diversity and evolution of birds at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The project took more than two-and-a-half years to create and is the only mural in the world to showcase all 243 modern families of birds (in addition to 27 ancient relatives) with each creature painted life-size, from the tiny Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird to the 30-foot Yutyrannus. In this conversation with Dr. Jack Dumbacher, Curator of Ornithology and Mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences, Kim, and Ink Dwell cofounder Thayer Walker will discuss their new book about the project, The Wall of Birds, exploring the intersection of art and natural history, the creative process, and surprising sociological lessons that we humans can learn from birds.

After the Member Talk, Jane Kim and Thayer Walker will sign copies of The Wall of Birds which will be available for purchase at the event.

Tuesday, February 12 at 2 pm in The Forum Theater on Level 2. Spaces are limited. Arrive fifteen minutes early to check in. The talk begins promptly at 2 pm. Free. Members only.


About Jane Kim

JANE KIM is a visual artist, science illustrator, and the founder of Ink Dwell, a Bay Area studio that explores the wonders of the natural world. Her art career started when she was a little girl obsessively painting flowers and bears on the walls of her bedroom. She received more formal training at Rhode Island School of Design and then Cal State Monterey Bay, where she received a master’s certificate in science illustration. She has created large-scale public art across the country, including the Wall of Birds at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and produced works for the National Aquarium, the deYoung Museum, the Nature Conservancy, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Facebook, Recology, and Yosemite National Park. She is the creator of the Migrating
Mural campaign, a series of public installations that highlight wildlife along migration corridors it shares with people. She still enjoys painting flowers and bears, though nowadays she doesn’t get in trouble for painting on the walls. For more of her artwork, please visit inkdwell.com.

About Thayer Walker

As a correspondent for Outside magazine for more than a decade, Thayer covers science, adventure, exploration, and the natural world. He has explored the Cayman Trench in a homemade submarine, survived 20 days stranded on a desert island, once escaped the jaws of an irascible jaguar, and discovered the tenth largest diamond ever found at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park. He’s written for dozens and dozens of publications, some quite fancy and others mercifully forgettable. With his wife, artist Jane Kim, he is the cofounder of Ink Dwell studio, where he manages non-paintbrush-related affairs. Thayer's first book, The Wall of Birds, about Jane's monumental mural celebrating the diversity and evolution of birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is published by HarperCollins.

About Jack Dumbacher

Jack Dumbacher is Curator of Ornithology and Mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences. He has done work in New Guinea, southern Africa, China, Malaysia, and North America on topics as diverse as chemical ecology of New Guinea poisonous birds, phylogenetics of African elephant shrews, and ecology of fire and how it affects bird populations. He teaches public classes on ornithology and birding, and greatly appreciates art - especially art related to birds and natural history.


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