Goldfinch, Jeff Huntington and Julia Gibb, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Jeff Huntington and Julia Gibb of Jahru Studio, Annapolis, Maryland


Sunday, July 3, 2022


Acrylic latex paint and spray paint on concrete panels


The Goldfinch is the most vibrant and only finch in its subfamily to undergo a complete
molt. In birds, molting is a transformation in which old feathers are shed while new ones
are produced. The male goldfinch changes from a dull olive to a vibrant yellow in the

Goldfinch depicts Iowa’s state bird, the American Goldfinch, punctuated by geometric
shapes intended to create a sense of movement and dynamic energy. As a small piece
in the revitalization efforts within the Time Check neighborhood – one of the hardest-hit
by the destructive flood of 2008 and the derecho of 2020 – we wanted to create a
vibrant spot that breathes life and hope into the community going through a