03 April 2012

Blogtrot: ¡Vamos Honduras! - Muralista 'Abre Tu Mente, El Cambio Eres Tu'

As part of my seven day treck in Honduras mentioned in the previous post, one of the main reasons for my trip was to create a public mural in a park centrally located in Namasigue, Choluteca.  I arrived towards the beginning of production which as any other form of public art was intended to beautify the surroundings and also send a positive message.  Located across the street from the town school, the title and theme of the piece was 'Abre Tu Mente, El Cambio Eres Tu' which is translated in English to 'Open Your Mind, The Change Is You'.


Working alongside artists who volunteer in a collective called 'Tukul Cultura' (Imagine Culture), these locals painted and volunteered their time and labor for free, while working with Canadian NGO Plan International.  The municipality of Namasigue provided materials and provided a small stipend for lunch.  The park mural in Namasigue was one of many public pieces that have been created around Choluteca as visual art for social change.  Honduran filmmakers have also created a documentary about them.  It was a great experience to be a part of this project.  As I was only there for a week, I never got to see the finished product but you can view some of the final images here.

 

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