Animals are not the only thing disappearing at an alarming rate.
Downtown murals are vanishing too.
Then again, that’s the plan.
This week, the Artists Collective of Westport introduced an intriguing public art project.
“Vanishing Species/Vanishing Murals” showcases temporary works by Westporters Susan Fehlinger, Jana Ireijo, Day Moore and Dale Najarian.
Each piece — displayed on exterior walls inside Bedford Square, next to Jeera Thai, below Amy Simon Fine Art and in front of Anthropologie — will depict a different endangered species.
The art is created using non-permanent materials like charcoal forged in the heat of destructive wildfires, supplemented by non-toxic chalk.
Exposed to the elements, each mural will disappear — echoing what’s happening to many beautiful creatures across our planet.
“The process of aging, fading and degradation speaks to the attention span of our fast-paced world, and offers its own lesson on the ephemeralness of art and life itself,” the Collective says.
As the image fades, and the stains and seams of the wall reappear, viewers are prompted to think about how change is constant, and life is fleeting and fragile.
The future cannot be pushed away. Time continues to unfold at its own pace.
It is incumbent on us, as world citizens, to see and appreciate our world more fully, in real time, so that we can act in ways that honor and respect our world and our future.
The murals are being created this week. They’ll take a few months to decay. Watch for them, now and all winter long.
(The Artists Collective of Westport thanks the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, David Waldman and Roger Leifer for their help with this project.)