Natural history street art
ATM paints endangered species on urban walls drawing attention to the environmental crisis by bringing huge images of our native fauna, much of which is disappearing at an alarming rate, to a wide audience. By showing the beauty and significance of these creatures he hopes to inspire interest, curiosity and a desire to protect them and the habitats on which they depend.
By bringing colour and beauty into the public domain, out of the galleries and accessible to all, the hope is to inspire active participation in environmental protection and creation. Small individual changes repeated on a large scale can have dramatically positive effects.
By so doing we would also create a healthier and more beautiful environment for ourselves.
We need to move away from a culture of tidiness and control of nature, with our lawns and over-use of pesticides and herbicides, towards one of rewilding and restoration; a return to natural abundance and proliferation, where nature’s processes are allowed to go their own way, even within parts of our urban environment.
Street art can play a role in this cultural shift.
The writing is on the wall.