Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wall Mural on Nature as a Park (Part 1)

A wall mural on Nature comes alive with children.
Mural Painting and Verses by Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School on Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Portion of mural fronting Lam-ang St  
Ecology Wall Mural is a composite painting about nature on a 90-feet long x  7-feet (average) high concrete wall of the author's residence in Lagro QC, facing two streets - Kudyapi on the northeast, and Lam-ang on the southwest. Its obtuse angle perspective gives an earnest viewed of the whole mural.  

The mural consists of representions of ecosystems of the coral reef, mangrove, estuary and the open sea on one side of the wall, while on the other, the ecosystems of the tropical rainforest, stream and river, intertidal zone, mountain and valley. 

Portion of mural fronting Kudyapi St

The mural depicts the unity and interconnectedness of the ecosystems as one holistic Nature with resident species of organisms in their natural state. The presence of man in the mural exudes his playful character, and adventurous nature in exploring the landscape. Some historical and fictional aspects take the viewer to Ernest Hemingway's prize-winning novel The Old Man and the Sea, and Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, while views of Mt Makiling in Laguna and Mt Pulog in Benguet, are typical of many favorite views on the local setting.  

The author took six months to complete the mural using as medium acrylic paints conventionally applied with paint brushes. Twelve overhanging LED spotlights were installed to light the mural for evening viewers. 

A series of articles about the mural has been published in the barangay newsletter, Greater Lagro Gazette, the Ilocano magazine Bannawag, and on the Internet, Living with Nature [avrotor.blogspot.com].  Christmas with Nature is the mural's theme this Season. Camera enthusiasts and children in the neighborhood  frequent the place as  a sort of mini park.  This article, the fifth of a series, is earnestly dedicated to them.

Imagine hugging a tree host of butterflies,
a street post made alive by art's sweet lies,
nature's art of camouflage and mimicry,
tools for survival, sharing and living free. 

Sentry the whole night through, an owl retreats 
at sunrise into  its abode, the hollow of a tree,
and finding a girl playing with butterflies, wonders
if  the garden is always open and  free. 

The friendly capybara, the biggest rodent,
never has been  tamed, never a pet; 
but on a wall, it earns love and respect
beyond animae other creatures create.

A twin by the waterfall and stream,
and another twin fishing;
reality and imagery are but one -
parallel worlds we live in.

The blue whale, the biggest creature that ever lived,
bigger than the dinosaur, and man a minuscule;
lucky it is to touch, to talk to, to listen to its song,      
paintive with a message for man to heed its call.

Explore the cave, these kids are challenged,
seeing three of their age emerging;
adventure can never be explained or written;
one must submit to a deep urging. 

Touch the rays of the sun through the trees,
be like the butterflies and bees, 
the singing birds and the splashing fish, 
breath the cool morning breeze.


Do you like to live at the edge of the sea,
where the tides rise and fall and stir,   
the waves in rhyme and rythmn with the wind,
where creatures appear and disappear?  

Beach party by imagination, hear the music
of the wind and waves, song of the sea gull, 
the wall comes alive with echoes of lilting 
children, friendship and abandon extol.

 Can we live under the sea like the fish
among corals and  seaweeds?
Only fairies in the world of fantasy do,
yet without the sea all dies,
for the sea provides our basic needs..     

It's a kugtong, giant lapu-lapu, and it's true,
dweller at the bottom of the sea,
zealously guarding its cave from anyone;
no fisherman dares, but she,
who is learning to face danger from images
                                                        before dealing with reality.

 Never kiss a parrot we are told, 
just listen to it talking;
save in circus, among the bold, 
on picture, toy and painting.  


 This is how big a kalaw is, as seen in the wilderness;
its body pitch black, breast bright yellow, beak bright red;
take time, it's now tame on the wall, posing to viewers,
its  imagined sonorous call reverberating far and wide. 

 Splendor on the grass, the world's still,
minute to hour, year to a lifetime;
 company of a few, we touch and filll
some vacuum, through nature sublime.

 A bed of grass takes these children 
to the field and the meadow;
a waterfall and stream in make-believe 
to the ends of the rainbow.~ 

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