THE PROJECT

Baltimore’s 1% for Public Art Program, managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, with support from the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, engaged community artist Iandry Randriamandroso to design and paint five murals of native Baltimore birds along the York Road corridor between 43rd Street & Glenwood Avenue.

Community stakeholders including York Road Partnership, Govanstowne Business Association and Loyola York Road Initiative chose local birds living in the Govans’ forest patches and surrounding areas to be the subjects of the murals due to their universality, inclusiveness and connection to the local environment.

“Birds play an important role in maintaining balances in our ecosystem and add enjoyments to our lives with their beauty- both in plumage colors and distinct songs.     In an ever changing urban landscape, they represent adaptation, resilience and continuation of life,” says artist Iandry Randriamandroso.

“When changes occur in a neighborhood, it will change the dynamic make-up of the population- new inhabitants come; some leave; some stay and adapt with the new changes. Eventually, birds represent us and our neighbors.”

LINKS (B'more Birds in the News)

For the birds: Avian art connects, educates, conserves (Environmental Health News)

Mural project aims to change perception of part of York Road (ABCNews, Baltimore MD)

New Mural Honors 'Baltimore's Birds' (CBS News, Baltimore MD)

B'more Birds Project unveiled (ABCNews, Baltimore MD)

B'more Birds: Community murals beautify York Road neighborhood (Loyola University Magazine, Baltimore MD)

MICA Alumni Tapped for Community Projects with Baltimore's Public Art Program (Juxtaposition, Baltimore MD)



THE ARTIST

Iandry Randriamandroso is a Muralist and a Graphic and Community Artist. He specializes in graphic and mixed media art-making that focuses on environmental and social subjects. He received a BFA from St. John's University (Queens, NY) and an MA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD).
      
His goal is to create art that is inclusive and accessible to everyone. He uses his artworks as educational tools to facilitate inclusive and hands-on presentations, community arts workshops, art classes and mural projects in public and private venues around the US.

THE BIRD SPECIALIST

Christine Brodsky is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. Her research focuses on bird communities in urban greenspaces to determine which plants, landscaping practices, and structure best support native bird species. Her focal research project evaluates the value, management practices, and perception of vacant land in Baltimore, Maryland. Originally from New Jersey, Christine went to college at the University of Massachusetts and obtained her PhD in wildlife ecology at the University of Missouri. She now lives in Missouri with her husband and two cats.