The Migrating Mural

Jane Kim, artist, science illustrator, and founder of Ink-Dwell, creates art to catalyze love, awareness, and protection of the natural world. Her Migrating Mural project is a series of murals painted along migration corridors shared by people and endangered animals.

The first Migrating Mural showcases Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. Jane has already started work on a series of four murals along California’s Highway 395, which runs in the shadow of Sierra bighorn’s home range. By bringing a rare and magnificent animal into the public eye, Jane hopes to aid in raising the funds needed to remove the animal from the endangered species list within a decade and to generate community support that will help protect Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep forever. She says, “Many residents of the Eastern Sierra have never seen their majestic neighbors. Just creating a visual connection with these animals is a simple but powerful first step.”

What has happened so far?
Jane has completed the first mural at the Mount Williamson Motel in Independence, CA!

This mural tells an educational story, depicting the growth stages of a ram from a two-month-old lamb to an eight-year-old adult. The mural also incorporates the iconic profile of Mount Williamson, the home of one of the three surviving natural herds of Sierra bighorn. The project has already drawn a great deal of attention both in our community and in the national media, and we celebrated Jane’s achievement on February 16 with the fundraiser gala “500 and Rising.” Thanks to all the friends from near and far who came to show their support for Sierra bighorn.

Jane will begin work on two murals in Bishop this April and June. We’re looking forward to watching the next stage of the Migrating Mural take shape.

To learn more about Jane Kim and the Migrating Mural, visit her website or check out these great articles:

National Geographic
Adventure Journal
DFW’s press release

Migrating Mural Gallery