Mural almost completed in Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

The Mural in San Ignacio Town is almost completeA mural depicting the typical life and environs of the Cayo District is receiving its finishing brush strokes this week by well known artist, Pedro Arnoldo Cruz. The painting has been commissioned by the San Ignacio Town Board and was started about two weeks ago.

Visitors and tourists will now have an additional reason to visit San Ignacio Town, for adjacent to the Administration Building near the entrance of the Hawkesworth Bridge, Cayo’s flora and fauna are coming to life-- in two dimensions-- along a concrete structure.

“I want to depict the lifestyle of our people, the hardships of our people who live in Cayo, what was the main backbone of the economy...we call ourselves the Green District, we have the biggest archaeological site, we have the best kept rain forest in the area,” says Pedro Arnoldo Cruz.

Just 22 years ago, Pedro Cruz had been commissioned to do a mural on the same surface area of concrete structure, during which time his paintings took various ‘glimpses’ of Belize’s History. Cruz remains unsatisfied on the manner that those historical painting were removed about two decades ago.

Pedro Cruz estimates that a painting of the magnitude that is now being completed in San Ignacio Town costs around fifteen to twenty thousand dollars; so all efforts need to be made to protect the painting. Cruz is recommending that a spray of liquid plastic be placed on the mural's surface, to protect it from both the heat and the rain.