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Vanishing Species Vanishing Murals

Vanishing Species Vanishing Murals

Multiple locations, downtown Westport

From Oct 12 to Dec 31, 2020
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A group of local artists have announced a public art project which will unfold as an outdoor gallery in downtown Westport. Vanishing Species/Vanishing Murals will showcase four temporary murals by Artists Collective of Westport members Susan Fehlinger, Jana Ireijo, Day Moore, and Dale Najarian.

The murals will be created on exterior walls visible to shoppers, diners, and visitors, and will each depict a different endangered animal species.

The murals will be created using nonpermanent materials such as charcoal forged in the heat of destructive wildfires, supplemented by non-toxic chalk. Over a period of time and exposure to the elements, each mural will go through a process of degradation and slow disappearance, echoing the way these beautiful creatures are vanishing from our planet.

The process of aging, fading and degradation itself speaks to the attention span of our fast-paced world, and offers its own lesson on the ephemeralness of art and life itself.

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 and time continues to unfold at its own pace. It’s incumbent upon 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 artists hope to raise awareness, to generate passion and ideas, and to direct viewers to local and national resources for information and to help.

The murals will be created over the week of October 12 - 18th, 2020 and will be located:
● in the courtyard at Bedford Square,
● next to Jeera Thai on the back of Sconset Square,
● on the Post Road below Amy Simon Fine Art, and
● along the handicapped ramp at the front of Anthropologie. (also visible from inside the store.)

The public is invited to view both the creation and subsequent decaying of the art over the winter months. The walls for the murals have been generously made available by David Adam Realty and Leifer Properties,

The Westport Downtown Merchant Association has been invaluable in connecting the artists with available spaces to make their art, and the result will be one that will enhance the visitor experience and hopefully bring more people to see the exciting changes that are happening downtown.

Contact Name: Amy Kaplan

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 203-247-3910

NOTE: We do our best to ensure all information is accurate, however it's a good idea to visit the website or call the venue to verify the information.


Ticket Information

This event is free of charge.

All murals are viewable from public sidewalks and private parking areas. One mural can be seen from the lower level of Anthropologie.




Multiple locations, downtown Westport
Bedford Square Alley
Westport , CT 06880

Map and directions

Parking Info

Free Municipal Parking within 1 block, street parking

Accessibility Info

  • Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access

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