From So Simple A Beginning

Help us depict the evolution and diversity of birds on a single giant mural.
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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.

The Mural

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites you to celebrate the diversity of birds around the world through a unique blend of art and science. The phenomenal history of birds spans 375 million years and 231 bird families. To commemorate this global treasure, we have commissioned fine artist Jane Kim and her studio, Ink Dwell, to depict the evolution and diversity of birds on a single large mural in our visitor center. The mural, titled "From So Simple a Beginning" after Charles Darwin's famous quote about evolution and biodiversity, will provide a visual journey through epochs of evolutionary development, from fish to dinosaurs to the present day. From So Simple a Beginning will feature one representative bird from every family in the world, including several extinct species.  The birds will be painted true-to-size against the silhouette of the continent where they originated. This mural is extensive in scope and size. Beginning in August 2014, completion will span 14 months and 4,000 square feet of wall space. 


A Lasting Impact

More than 60,000 people visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology each year, and will have the opportunity to experience From So Simple a Beginning.  With this mural, we hope to inspire the public with the diversity of birds, and promote an understanding of the vast evolutionary timeline of birds—a concept that may often be difficult to conceptualize. This will be the only mural in the world that illustrates all 231 families of birds in one place, and it will portray how birds from the present day evolved from dinosaurs.


What We Need

Two generous supporters have already funded the initial planning and design of From So Simple a Beginning.  We need to raise $30,000 to bring the first section of the mural to life. Your contribution will allow Jane to create the southeast section of the mural including New Zealand, Antarctica, the southern oceans, and Australia. She will paint birds such as the New Zealand Great Spotted Kiwi, the extinct, 10-foot-tall North Island Giant Moa, Australia's extravagant Superb Lyrebird, and the magnificent Wandering Albatross. You can help bring these birds to life.  Please, donate today and help us spread the word.


Perks

$10
Download a digital image of Jane Kim's sketch of Ornimegalonyx, an extinct giant owl, that can be used as your computer wallpaper.


$25
You will receive a Cornell Lab of Ornithology logo window cling as well as the digital image of Jane Kim's sketch of Ornimegalonyx that can be used as your computer wallpaper.


$50
You will receive a Cornell Lab of Ornithology journal as well as the digital image of Jane Kim's sketch of Ornimegalonyx that can be used as your computer wallpaper.


$75
You will receive a 7" x 7" print featuring Jane Kim’s sketch of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo as well as the digital image of Jane's sketch of Ornimegalonyx, an extinct giant owl, that can be used as your computer wallpaper.


$225

You will receive a series of three 7" x 7" prints featuring Jane Kim’s sketches of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Tawny Frogmouth and Splendid Fairywren, as well as the digital image of Jane's sketch of Ornimegalonyx,  an extinct giant owl, that can be used as your computer wallpaper.


$500
You will receive an 8" x 10'' print featuring Jane Kim’s rendering of Ornimegalonyx  signed by Jane, as well as the digital image of Jane's Ornimegalonyx  sketch that can be used as your computer wallpaper.


$1,000
You will be invited to meet Jane Kim at a reception celebrating the mural. You'll also receive a 9" x 12" print of the Superb Lyrebird signed by Jane, as well as the digital image of Jane's Ornimegalonyx  sketch that can be used as your computer wallpaper.


$2,500
You will receive an original sketch created by Jane Kim depicting one of the birds to be painted in the mural. Jane Kim and the Cornell Lab staff will work with you to decide on the original sketch.  You'll also be invited to meet Jane at a reception celebrating the mural as well as the digital image of Jane's Ornimegalonyx  sketch that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

$5,000 +
Your name will be painted into the feathers of one of the birds in the mural.  You will work with Jane Kim and the Cornell Lab staff to decide which bird you will sponsor. You'll also receive a one-of-a-kind print of the completed painting of your bird signed by Jane and an invitation to meet Jane at a reception celebrating the mural.  You'll also receive the digital image of Jane's sketch of Ornimegalonyx  that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

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This campaign ended on September 12, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Digital Thank You

    Download a digital image of Jane Kim's sketch of Ornimegalonyx, an extinct giant owl, that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

    21 claimed
  • $25USD
    Cornell Lab Logo Window Cling

    You will receive a Cornell Lab of Ornithology logo window cling as well as the digital image of Jane Kim's sketch of Ornimegalonyx that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

    62 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $50USD
    Cornell Lab Journal

    You will receive a Cornell Lab of Ornithology journal as well as the digital image of Jane Kim's sketch of Ornimegalonyx that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

    32 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $75USD
    Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Print

    You will receive a 7" x 7" print featuring Jane Kim’s sketch of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo as well as the digital image of Jane's sketch of Ornimegalonyx, an extinct giant owl, that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $225USD
    Series of Three Prints

    You will receive a series of three 7" x 7" prints featuring Jane Kim’s sketches of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Tawny Frogmouth and Splendid Fairywren, as well as the digital image of Jane's sketch of Ornimegalonyx, an extinct giant owl, that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $500USD
    Print Signed by Jane Kim

    You will receive an 8" x 10'' print featuring Jane Kim’s rendering of Ornimegalonyx signed by Jane, as well as the digital image of Jane's Ornimegalonyx sketch that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Experience the Mural

    You will be invited to meet Jane Kim at a reception celebrating the mural. You'll also receive a 9" x 12" print of the Superb Lyrebird signed by Jane, as well as the digital image of Jane's Ornimegalonyx sketch that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Jane Kim Original Artwork

    You will receive an original sketch created by Jane Kim depicting one of the birds to be painted in the mural. Jane Kim and the Cornell Lab staff will work with you to decide on the original sketch. You'll also be invited to meet Jane at a reception celebrating the mural as well as the digital image of Jane's Ornimegalonyx sketch that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

    1 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Sponsor a Bird in the Mural

    Your name will be painted into the feathers of one of the birds in the mural. You will work with Jane Kim and the Cornell Lab staff to decide which bird you will sponsor. You'll also receive a one-of-a-kind print of the completed painting of your bird signed by Jane and an invitation to meet Jane at a reception celebrating the mural. You'll also receive the digital image of Jane's sketch of Ornimegalonyx that can be used as your computer wallpaper.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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