News Animals Street Artist's Chaotic Rainbow Colored Birds Brighten Up the City By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger starting in 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Published May 06, 2016 Updated January 27, 2020 10:07AM EST CC BY-ND 2.0. L7m/ Photo by Jeanne Menjoulet via Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices For many city dwellers, birds are one of the few visible instances of wildlife that they may encounter -- so perhaps it's not surprising to note that cities harbour around one-fifth of the world's bird species. In any case, birds make city living a bit more interesting with their presence, something that Brazilian street artist L7m would most likely agree with, as seen in his vibrant murals of larger-than-life birds that liven up dull urban landscapes. Seen over at This Is Colossal, these wall paintings by L7m (also known as Luis Seven Martins) are part of his continuing experimentation combining media like china ink, latex, pastel and acrylic with traditional spray paint. L7m/Duncan C via Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0 Martins began working with spray paints at the age of thirteen. He has since developed a distinct style that combines natural themes with colourful, freeform geometric abstractions, inspired by what he calls "the revolt by human sorrow, the beauty of life, the city’s disarray, [its] neglect and surroundings." These flourishes of lines and colours seen in these birds seem to suggest a kind of energetic chaos, harkening to a universal source of creation, or breaking life down to its immaterial essence. Martins also uses real feathers in adding stencilled accents to his works -- a creative touch. Martin's murals seem dreamlike and mythical on one level, and yet are grounded in the urban landscape by the tumultuous lines that surround them -- as if the natural world can be balanced with this human-made chaos, and adding an extra dimension to our sometimes drab cities.