by Ruben Ubiera
Gainesville, USA – March 2017
This piece is all about awareness. Even if it's done via shock. I like to paint murals that are unique to the space they're in. When I saw the wall, the grass mound, the electrical boxes, its length, I immediately thought of a life-size whale. In the middle of Gainesville, Florida. Away from the ocean. A contrast from your every day.
I wanted to stop people in their tracks while making them aware of a problem that concerns us all: the oceans. Without them, there's no life. The vultures represent the corporations and politicians feeding their pockets from the sea's demise. The flowers: hope, growth and possibility. Metallic colors were used on the sunflowers to add beauty, and reflect light, while the sun hits the wall the whole day.