Suphitsara Buttra-Coleman

Suphitsara Buttra-Coleman is a spontaneous realism artist who specializes in portraiture with acrylic paint. As a mural artist, she creates pieces that reflect on people within their communities and in society. She plans to create a piece that inspires the Pittsburgh community and also provides them with a safe space within the park.

More information on Schenley Park can be found here.

Suphitsara's project is inspired by the wildlife of Schenley Park. In her words:

When we think of parks, we automatically think of activities and relaxation. Wildlife seems to come second, if not last. Since Schenley Park is right in the middle of the city, amongst more than usual traffic and pollution, I feel the need to use this opportunity to remind city visitors of the wildlife in their backyard. During the process of researching and gathering information from the community, bird watching was brought up in the conversation, which led to discussing global warming. I took interest in researching how climate change affects the bird species in national parks.

On average, one-quarter of bird species found in a given national park could be completely different by 2050 if carbon emissions continue at their current pace. About 23% of species will come to extinction by 2050, averaged across 274 parks. Suitable climate may cease to occur in the future; some species like the American Robin (which can be seen in Schenley Park) may either adapt to the new climate or follow suitable climate elsewhere, thus becoming locally extinct from the park.

Suphitsara is in the final planning stages for her two-part paneled mural. Look for it to be installed at the Schenley Sportsplex later this year.

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Schenley Park Art in Parks Community Meeting

Held Wednesday, Feb 23 2022

View the video of this meeting here.

This project received a RADical ImPAct Grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).