Deirdre Murphy, ‘Warbler Migration’, 2015-2017, BoxHeart
Deirdre Murphy, ‘Warbler Migration’, 2015-2017, BoxHeart
Deirdre Murphy, ‘Warbler Migration’, 2015-2017, BoxHeart
Deirdre Murphy, ‘Warbler Migration’, 2015-2017, BoxHeart
Deirdre Murphy, ‘Warbler Migration’, 2015-2017, BoxHeart
Deirdre Murphy, ‘Warbler Migration’, 2015-2017, BoxHeart
Deirdre Murphy, ‘Warbler Migration’, 2015-2017, BoxHeart
Deirdre Murphy, ‘Warbler Migration’, 2015-2017, BoxHeart
Deirdre Murphy, ‘Warbler Migration’, 2015-2017, BoxHeart

Warbler Migration, which took nearly two years to complete, combines Deirdre Murphy’s fine arts expertise and climate science research with Scott White’s unique knowledge of digital modeling and 1930’s car design.

Inspired by a shy species of birds that resides in the Dublin California ecosystem, Murphy has been researching the effects of global warming on bird migration for several years, using the visual data that scientists share with her to conceptualize and execute her paintings. “Climate change has created new flight patterns; birds are staying in their summer homes longer, depleting the food supply they rely on to fuel their autumn journey,” says Murphy. “As educators, it’s important for us to share this knowledge. Embedding information about climate change in our art is a softer way to reach a broader audience.”

It was White’s task to take Murphy’s mesmerizing depictions of flocking birds and activate them into 3D space, which he did by digitally designing, then hand cutting and assembling more than 500 aluminum plates into a handcrafted hyperbolic curve.

Murphy and White sees the opportunity to create environmentally-aware public art as an especially fulfilling one because of the potential to touch so many lives.

Manufacturer: Public art installation by UPenn Artists Deirdre Murphy and Scott White

Dublin, California Public Art Installation

Dublin, California Public Art Installation

About Deirdre Murphy

American, b. 1967, New York, NY, United States, based in Philadelphia, PA, United States

Group Shows

2018
Philadelphia,
2016