If you’re traveling on the New York State Thruway and craving a bird of prey fix, hop off on Exit 19 to see a stunning Barn Owl in Kingston, NY.
I guarantee you won’t be let down. This sighting is a sure thing.
Barn Owl Mural Flight Sequence
It’s a magnificent mural of a Barn Owl taking flight called “Flight Sequence” by Rochester, NY-based muralist Justin Suarez.
It’s stunning when you realize this enchanting mural was created using spray paint.
Think about that the next time you pick up a can of Krylon and feel inspired to create something magical!
See this fantastic Barn Owl mural at the traffic circle on East St. James Street on the side of The Anchor restaurant.
This talented artist draws inspiration from his work as a handler of birds of prey at a local animal sanctuary.
Suarez painted this fabulous mural as part of Kingston’s annual O+ (pronounced O Positive) Festival in 2017.
For his O+ mural, Suarez depicts the flight sequence of a Barn Owl, illustrating the brief pauses of its body motions as it moves between tree branches during its nocturnal hunt.
Check at Suarez’s Instagram account to see his other amazing work.
Exchanging Art of Medicine for Medicine of Art
The O+ Festival O+ empowers common cities to the control of their collective well-being through art, music, and wellness.
Founded in 2010 in Kingston by a small group of artists-activists, doctors and a dentist, O+ is now a national nonprofit working in cities around the country.
O+’s year-round efforts culminate in one-day and weekend-long celebrations when underinsured artists and musicians create and perform in exchange for a variety of services donated by doctors, dentists, and complementary care providers.
The O+ mural series is ongoing, and you can see this terrific street art throughout Kingston.
Click here to see a printable map with detail about each fabulous mural and its artist.
So grab your camera and enjoy an artistic stroll through the city of Kingston.
Spotting Barn Owls
When you’re visiting Kingston to see this terrific Barn Owl mural, and want to spot Barn Owl in the surrounding Ulster County, then head to the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in Wallkill, NY.
It’s a 45-minute drive south and highly recommended for seeing amazing grassland birds.
This quick stop off the New York State Thruway can turn into a great day birding.
Now get outside and see birds!