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Murals of Boquete #3

Written on December 13th, 2009 by no shouts

muralpaintersDo you know what was the longest mural in the world?  I knew what is was before looking on Wikipedia, but I checked just to be sure.  Look at the end of this blog and you’ll see if you are correct.  Now, to more murals in Boquete and to one that may be the shortest in the world.

Every day something new happens in Boquete, go into town and you’ll see the action. This week, mural artist Tova Speter visited Boquete only for a few days, but representatives from 7 local “grass-roots” charity organizations got together with her to created the newest mural on the main street of town.

Tova is the young lady closest to the camera.

By the time I arrived to help paint this mural, Tova had the paints all mixed and ready to go. She had the basic layout sketched, and we all got busy creating the lovely mural you see below.

muralcommunitySeveral local children added their hand prints to the left side of the rainbow. The children loved being involved in the mural, as did their parents and everyone else.

Notice the steaming cup of Boquete’s fine “gourmet” coffee on the bottom right. I’m guessing it’s probably the “Geisha” variety of coffee, the finest, richest coffee in the world.

This mural was completed quickly with lots of help from the entire community, another example of “The Spirit of Sharing” in Boquete.

Now, what was the longest mural ever painted in the world?

The Western side of the Berlin Wall between 1980 and 1989.  Then, it fell.

To see world-famous mural artists and their work, including Michelangelo and Diego Rivera, go to Wikipedia, enter “murals”.   Next in the series of ‘Murals in Boquete”, you’ll see some ceiling murals, really stunningly beautiful.

Murals of Boquete #2

Written on December 9th, 2009 by no shouts

muralwinestoreAfter beginning to research murals and looking for murals around Boquete, I was shocked to find so many in plain view on public streets. This one was on the wall of a building that once was a real estate office. If you wanted to buy a beautiful home in Boquete like this, you could come into this office.

A brightly colored mural was spotted on the main street of Boquete, just above the door of Sabroson Restaurante. It looks like they have an excellent chef, what a lovely way to advertise.muralsab

Several residents have murals painted on their walls by local artists. One of the finest I’ve seen is displayed in a corner of the Eickhoff home in Volcancito. The artist spent many long days creating this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. muralcindy

A colorful map of Panama was painted on a large wall of the local high school. It shows the locale of the various artists throughout the country.

If you want to see where polleras or sombreros are made, look at this mural.muralpanama

An announcement came out recently about a mural artist coming to Boquete to volunteer to paint a mural for a non-profit organization at no charge.

There are several organizations here that could take advantage of such an offer. The “Bid 4 Boquete Charity Auction” committee represents 4 large non-profit organizations in Boquete. The annual auction is the biggest charity event in Boquete, and every year it gets bigger.

I’m thinking this might be just the project for “Bid 4 Boquete” in the coming months, if we could find a building with an available wall to paint. Do you have any ideas?

Murals of Boquete #1

Written on December 1st, 2009 by no shouts

muralstFor several years, I lived in Lake Placid, Florida, a town a little smaller than Boquete, Panama, where I now live.  Lake Placid  is as famous for growing beautiful caladiums as Boquete is for growing the world’s finest coffee.  Lake Placid is even more famous for their unique murals displayed on walls throughout the town.

One day it hit me - - -  Boquete displays some of the most beautiful murals I have ever seen, some as lovely as those in Lake Placid or anywhere else in the world.

Murals have become so popular that you can buy them ready-made to install on any wall, inside or outside.  muralday2 003
Modern murals are a means of communication, to show a political view, a business product or just a beautiful scene or piece of artwork.  Styles vary from abstract, like David is painting on the right, or tromp-l’oeil, “trick the eye” styles like the mural at the top, found at the Streit Estate in Potrerillos.

The Sabroson Restaurante displays a mural of their Executive Chef above the door. If you haven’t seen it, please check it out.

Ancient murals show how people lived, like those found in Egyptian tombs that were painted more than 3,000 BC.   A good example of that style is shown on the historic mural in the Bistro Boquete, below.muralbis

Children love to paint murals. At the entrance of the Josefa Montero de Vasquez School, near El Constuctor, students painted a mural of Boquete and surrounding mountains, including the school’s mascot on the right edge, the brightly-colored Resplendent Quetzal. Does such an art project promote school spirit and a sense of belonging?muralschool1

There are so many murals in Boquete, I will need to continue with several articles on this subject. Keep checking this site for information on how murals are painted, and you’ll see some unusual sights in Boquete that many visitors miss.

Boquete could become as famous for its murals as it is for growing the finest coffee in the world!

If you have seen a mural I may not know about, please tell me and I’ll include it in a future blog.

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