Bette Midler Recites A Poem For The Birdsong Project, ‘For The Birds’


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For The Birds: The Birdsong Project Inspires Limited-Edition Poster Art Prints By Shepard Fairey, Benefitting The National Audubon Society
November 09, 2022


Bette Midler Recites A Poem For The Birdsong Project, 'For The Birds'
Bette Midler Recites A Poem For The Birdsong Project, ‘For The Birds’

ABOUT SHEPARD FAIREY 

November 9, 2022For the Birds: The Birdsong Project—the new sweeping collection of 242 recordings by leading artists inspired by birdsong—continues to inspire artists and partners with its mission to celebrate birdsong and support the conservation of birds and their habitats. In collaboration with renowned street artist Shepard Fairey (creator of the iconic “Hope” portrait of President Obama), The Birdsong Project has announced an exclusive print. Only 450 limited-edition prints will be available for purchase. 

“I’m concerned about the health of our planet, and I’m very aware that declining bird populations are an early indication of serious ecological problems on the horizon,” said Shepard Fairey. “I also love birds and don’t want to see Rachel Carson’s warning from “Silent Spring” of a future without birds come to pass. My print The Birdsong Project (Another Day In the Coal Mine) is a scene of sun, flowers, and a Summer Tanager, a beautiful red bird that was once extremely common but has seen a concerning decline in its population. My print is a vision of what we almost all find beautiful but can no longer take for granted. I don’t want this print to be a nostalgic picture of a romantic time that once was. Let’s protect the birds for our time and the planet’s future!”

Shepard Fairey Posters
Shepard Fairey Posters

Print details: Birdsong Project. 18 x 24 inches. Screen print on thick cream Speckletone paper. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 450. Comes with a Digital Certificate of Authenticity provided by Verisart. $75. Proceeds go to The Birdsong Project. Available on Thursday, November 10th @ 10 AM PDT at https://store.obeygiant.com. Max order: 1 per customer/household. International customers are responsible for import fees due upon delivery (Except UK).? ALL SALES FINAL. 

The Birdsong Project has also announced the release of a new lyric video for the poem 136 Syllables at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, originally written by Allen Ginsburg and read by author Larry “Ratso” Sloman, with music by Beach House. The video was created by filmmaker Max Joseph (Catfish, Nobody’s Fool), and features a collection of landscapes and shots of nature, including snow-covered mountaintops, waterfalls, and trees filled with birds. Listen/Watch 136 Syllables at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH3p7IaKbGM

In 2008 Fairey took his design skills to support the Obama campaign. He created the famous “Hope” poster. The poster was not originally endorsed officially by the Obama campaign, but the image quickly became the face of the campaign. Fairey is a great example of a street artist who has had his fair share of trouble with the law but can use his art to reach millions while making a living for himself. In 2009, Fairey had his first museum exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, named after the book he released in 2006, “Supply and Demand.” It included most artwork today incorporated into Fairey’s popular clothing brand, Obey. Fairey created the Obey brand as an extension of his work, with clothing as another canvas to spread his messages. Shepard Fairey explains that the real meaning behind most of his artwork is to question everything. Despite Fairey’s quarrels in court and with other artists he remains one of the most popular and well-known street artists today.


 ABOUT THE BIRDSONG PROJECT:


The Birdsong Project was produced by Randall Poster, the Grammy Award-winning producer and music supervisor known for his longtime work with Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese. It was conceived and inspired by Executive Producer Rebecca Reagan, who brought a grand creative vision and wisdom to the project. Additional executive producers are Elliot Bergman, Stewart Lerman and Lee Ranaldo. 

The project’s expansive collection of 242 recordings represents a remarkable assemblage of diverse talent from across the creative community in support of an important cause, including GRAMMY, Oscar, Emmy, Pulitzer, Peabody and James Beard Award winners: Ad-Rock, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Beck, Cassandra Jenkins, Dan Deacon, Daniel Lanois, Elvis Costello, Esperanza Spalding, Flaming Lips, Haden Triplets, Jeff Tweedy, Jim James, Julianna Barwick, Kamasi Washington, Karen O, Kurt Vile, Atlas Sound & L’Rain, Makaya McCraven, Hania Rani, Mark Ronson, Nick Cave, Stephin Merritt, Terry Riley, Tyondai Braxton, UNKLE, Yo-Yo Ma, and many more. The majority of the recordings were made specifically for this project.


Bette Midler Recites A Poem For The Birdsong Project, ‘For The Birds


Spoken-word contributions recorded and donated to the project feature an array of writers and actors, including Jonathan Franzen, Maggie Smith, Ocean Vuong, Alice Waters, Bette Midler, Florence Welch, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Jelani Cobb, Matthew McConaughey, Natasha Lyonne, Regina King, Robert Pattinson, Sean Penn, Tilda Swinton, Tim Blake Nelson, Bobby Cannavale, and more.

Audio: Andrea Potos & Bette Midler – For The Robin On My Porch

Proceeds from The Birdsong Project will be donated to The National Audubon Society, the world’s oldest environmental society dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats. 

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