The 2016 “Spreading Wings” theme was inspired by the Highlands Center’s location atop dramatic sea cliffs and vital stop for birds traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Millions of birds rely on the majestic slice of Outer Cape Cod to breed, feed, and thrive, as they migrate over the salt marshes, windblown dunes, and plains.
“Spreading Wings” also captures the symbolism of the Highlands Center partners’ opportunity to take flight and flourish, and the mutual interest to inspire and educate people of all ages, abilities, and ethnicities about the important role birds play in our ecosystem.
The mural is a backdrop of the United States with the National Park Service arrowhead displayed in the middle of the painting. This symbolizes the NPS’s presence in the United States and the important role they play in protecting our environment and wildlife. The right side of the mural contains imagines of five different birds and their migration pattern – note that all of the birds displayed migrate through Cape Cod and rely on the Outer Cape for either breeding, nesting, resting, or feeding grounds
Spreading Wings - migration pathways mural
Last updated: October 5, 2017