Wings of Paradise: Drawing attention to rainforest destruction

17 September 2018

After ravaging the forests of Borneo and Sumatra, the palm oil industry has reached the final frontier, Papua, home to these Birds of Paradise. Both the birds and the forest could be lost if we allow these companies to continue. That’s why street artists and volunteers from all over the world, from Melbourne to Taipei and Vienna to LA, are taking matters into their own hands.

Street artist Bonsai @akabonsai_ paints a mural of a bird of paradise in Geelong, Victoria. The artwork is a part of the Wings of Paradise campaign, which calls attention to the beauty and vulnerability of the forests of the Amazon.

© Greenpeace / Andrea Marcus

For too long the story of Indonesian forests has been painted with the darkness of burning rainforests, disappearing species and displaced communities. Greedy palm oil companies, that only seem to be driven by the bottom line whatever the cost to humanity or biodiversity, have played a major role in this.

Little or nothing is known about the beauty of the spectacular Birds of Paradise that call the forests of Papua home. So far, around 40 different species of these birds have been found, and they’re considered by some to be among the most beautiful creatures on earth.

After ravaging the forests of Borneo and Sumatra, the palm oil industry has reached the final frontier, Papua, home to these Birds of Paradise. Both the birds and the forest could be lost if we allow these companies to continue.

That’s why street artists and volunteers from all over the world, from Melbourne to Taipei and Vienna to LA, are taking matters into their own hands.

Their mission is simple – to re-create the essence of the extravagant, brightly colored plumage, crazy courtship dances and bizarre behaviors of these birds in our cities through huge artworks on walls. Remind us of the constant threat to Indonesian wildlife but also inspire us to act to protect it.

It’s time for us to stand together for the future of Indonesian forests. Artists, students, bird enthusiasts or consumers buying palm oil products in supermarkets, we need to come together and act.

Join this massive movement. Admire and get lost in the #WingsOfParadise artworks in your home city or on social media, or share your favourite piece with friends and start your own conversation about protecting the future of the forests and our planet:

Street artist Ano paints a mural depicting birds of paradise close to Taipei 101, in the centre of the city. Part of the Greenpeace event, ‘Wings of Paradise” highlighting deforestation in the Indonesian province of West Papua.

This beautiful bird of paradise in Taipei, Taiwan is just one of the many birds being displaced from their rainforest home.

Street artist Urbanimal Jean pastes up images of Birds of Paradise in Bondy, France. To highlight deforestation in the Indonesian province of West Papua.

A flock of paradise birds were also spotted on a wall in Bondy, France

Japanese artist Tsukasa Suzuki paints a Birds of Paradise mural at the Ryozan Park Sugamo community space in central Tokyo. Part of the Greenpeace event, ‘Wings of Paradise” highlighting deforestation in the Indonesian province of West Papua.

This bird of paradise was caught courting his female counterpart in Tokyo, Japan

Street artist Bonsai @akabonsai_ paints a mural of a bird of paradise in Geelong, Victoria.
The artwork is a part of the Wings of Paradise campaign, which calls attention to the beauty and vulnerability of the forests of the Amazon.

A beautiful bird of paradise enjoying the colourful sunset in Melbourne, Australia.