I can’t complain about my “office”! This time I was working high up in the mountains above Antigua Guatemala, with a terrific view of the Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes. The village of El Hato is a far cry from the prosperous colonial town of Antigua. In El Hato, most people live in humble circumstances. Many of them grow flowers (mostly cala lilies, agapanthus and carnations) which they sell at the market of Antigua. The village just got a much-needed brand-new school building with plenty of blank walls. A perfect spot for a mural!
The whole project got delayed a bit because Covid finally caught up with me, but once recovered, Elio (AKA Henry) and I went up the hill and up the ladder. We didn’t involve any kids this time because of possible lingering Covid. The teachers had just started their holiday, so we had the place to ourselves.
The painting took a little longer than I had expected. Elio worked on the emblem, just needed me for the letters, that was all. Then he helped me with the background of geometric shapes that just take an awful long time to paint. Although the wall was brand new with a fresh coat of paint, it required no less than three layers to nicely cover up. Oh, and it was HOT! Freezing cold in the mornings, but as soon as the sun started peeking over the mountain, it was just blazingly hot with a blinding reflection on the white wall. But, a few days of hard work in and the mural was done…
When I sent pictures of the result to the director, she said she loved the mural, but when would I finish the school’s crest? I was like: Excuse me? It’s already finished!
No, she said, it’s missing the school’s name!
One of those facepalm moments. No one to blame but me… So soon I’ll make another trip up the hill… But, for now the work is done. I hope the kids like it too!
This mural was generously sponsored by Dutch Foundation Colour4Kids. (Thank you, Jos Ruijs!) Many thanks to Catherine for the ride and to David Dean for the contacts.