Delete? French artist offers to work with IUCN to save species

02 March 2009 | News story

French wildlife artist Thierry Bisch is developing a project with IUCN to deliver a powerful message about the need to protect threatened species.

Called “Les Murs de l’Arche” (the Ark’s Walls), the project would create awareness by painting large murals of animals on buildings and outside walls in city centres.

Bisch plans to use his talent to serve a cause close to his heart. “I’ve been painting animals for many years and sharing my appreciation for their beauty and dignity with a wide public,” said the artist. “Now is the time to get involved in saving species form extinction. Working with IUCN was therefore a natural thing to do.”

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of the world’s species. All the animals to be featured are listed on the IUCN Red List and the IUCN Red List logo will appear prominently on each mural along with the well known computer prompt “Delete?”, provoking the public to consider the reality of the species extinction crisis.

“I am very happy to get involved in this project,” said Jane Smart, Head of the IUCN Species Programme. “I hope that cities and building owners will help us convey this important message while improving the urban environment in which many of us live.”

Large wall paintings have many advantages: they’re highly visible, they improve the urban landscape and they last a very long time. With this project, they will also raise awareness about an important environmental issue.

Municipal authorities or companies owning buildings in cities interested in joining this project should read the accompanying .pdf file and contact us for further information.


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.