Audubon Mural Project: Yumi Rodriguez

Audubon Mural Project: Yumi Rodriguez


A large majority of my life was spent in
this neighborhood. Born and raised in Washington Heights, my grandfather used
to work at this barber shop. He used to call me a little hummingbird–it was
initially my plan to paint something in his honor. It was really a coincidental
and serendipity that this project was going on in the neighborhood that I grew
up in, where the barber shop is! This hummingbird in particular was the last
remaining hummingbird that needed to be painted for the Audubon Mural Project, so
I was very fortunate that you guys had one–but my grandfather inspired my love
for the natural world around me And he always supported my love and
fascination for creatures and animals I would always bring something home and he
was the only he would be the only one who allowed it. He kind of was my
support system in a way and he believed in me. What’s super super special about
this project is the awareness it’s bringing to the world around us, and the
beautification of the neighborhood It kind of brings everyone together.
Everyone really loves it They love the birds they think it’s
beautiful, it just makes everyone smile This is my tribute to him and to remind
others, hopefully inspire them to love nature and take care of it. My name is
Yumi Rodriguez I’m an environmental artist, y yo soy Audubon.

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