Surrealist Mural in San Juan, P.R.

Humongous thank you’s to Maria from Tropical Flowering Zone for submitting this fab mural.

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Photo © Maria Firpi
“Having multiple meanings, it could be about the past lives of  Spanish and African American Heritage influences on the island. If you notice the mural is signed by two figures from the past who according to the mural have died.
SurM #2
Photo © Maria Firpi
 “The mural is open to multiple interpretations but seems to emphasize on the colonial influences of the past. There is a white man sinking in the water, but there is also an African American man who is heading towards the water also. The  wooden branches tied together seem to represent part of the Spanish colonial vessels who traveled west to colonize the islands of the Caribbean and brought both the Spanish and African culture, symbolized by the multiple shells which can also suggest the presence of the Caribbean Taino Indians already inhabiting the island
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Photo © Maria Firpi
 
“The white man is portrayed as sinking in the water, yet the African American sinks also”
SurM #5
Photo © Maria Firpi
“Hands also seem to represent the acceptance of fate, although, as said earlier, this is open to interpretation”.
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Photo © Maria Firpi
“Flowers can symbolize the aspect of transition and transmission of culture, since they carry seeds which could germinate in distant places, and spread cultural influences, if that were to be the interpretation”.
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Photo © Maria Firpi
“This has been one of the most surreal murals I have ever seen seen. However, its symbolism seems to highly relevant to the Puerto Rican people and its cultural heritage.”
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Photo © Maria Firpi
 
“Shells and flowers may have multiple meanings”.
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Photo © Maria Firpi

Pics taken by Maria I Firpi Mazur – 2016

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Not only did Maria send us these amazing photos, but she penned the words! I am very grateful.

THANK YOU MARIA!

Aged Beauty

Maria from Tropical Flowering Zone has sent in this unique piece.

Photo © Maria Fripi
Photo © Maria Firpi
These faces are incredible, wonderful.
Photo © Maria Firpi
Photo © Maria Firpi

What does the graf writing in the center say? As always, the artist(s) is welcome to set me straight.

Photo © Maria Firpi
Photo © Maria Firpi

 I thought I saw “Line Up”, but hey I’m only so-s0 at reading writing. I’ve gotten used to many local artist’s signatures & can read those.

Photo © Maria Firpi
Photo © Maria Firpi

I searched Mr. Dad One Line Up & Mr. Dad Line Up One, but no luck.

Photo © Maria Firpi
Photo © Maria Firpi

 Pics taken by Maria I Firpi Mazur – October, 2015

Puerto Rico

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Artist(s) – year – and title/or?

Photo © Maria Firpi
Photo © Maria Firpi

Wild Flower

Wild Flower post: dedicated to Maria from The Tropical Flowering Zone

Artist: Unsigned
Artist: Unsigned

Wild Flower is a gorgeous graf flower. a rose I think, with a street art bee headed to it!

Artist: Unsigned
Artist: Unsigned

Well, if you want to see the best flowers, anywhere, check out Maria’s blog

Artist: Unsigned
Artist: Unsigned

Also, I am immensely honored that Maria…

Artist: Unsigned
Artist: Unsigned

..has created 2 widgets for her blog that link to GLaM.

Photo © Resa McConaghy
Photo © Resa McConaghy

I feel like  a blog Rockstar!

Photo © Resa McConaghy
Photo © Resa McConaghy

Thank you, Maria!

Artist: Unknown
Artist: Unknown

 

Pics taken by Resa, June 21 , 2015

Toronto, Canada

Artist: Unsigned
Artist: Unsigned
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I counted 43 names here!

Dead Man’s Garden

Maria from Tropical Flowering Zone is a GLaM Rockstar! Check this out!

photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur

“This is my favorite mural it has no name so I call it “Deadman’s Garden”.  It depicts a man growing a plant out of his chest cavity.”

photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur

“The man is dead with his head covered. The plant, however, has no flower, but a heart is depicted as being the bloom.”

photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
The bird on the dead man’s legs is a San Pedrito (Puerto Rican Tody), an endemic bird on the island found nowhere else in the world.

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“The heart was painted with lots of detail. Perhaps there is an analogy of the heart with the flower since both need air; the plants through transpiration, and humans through respiration.”
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur

 Pics taken by Maria I Firpi Mazur – June, 2015

Puerto Rico

THANK YOU MARIA!

Artist’s Signature

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OMG! Will Maria find more amazing street art?

TBC (I hope!)

Puerto Rican Iguana

Maria from Tropical Flowering Zone has also sent us this Iguana.

photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
“This mural has very good technique. It depicts a Green Iguana, officially declared as an ‘invasive species’ on the island. The unknown artists of this mural painted the Iguana as a huge monster holding a Coqui Frog in its hand. “
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
“Here you can see the detail of the Iguana holding the Coqui Frog. The truth of the matter is that Green Iguanas do not attack Coquis, so at the time this mural was painted, there was a misconception of the Green Iguana and the reptile, which has been stigmatized ever since. The Green Iguana is a beautiful reptile and its diet is strictly vegetarian. I love Green Iguanas and will do anything to rescue and protect them from being harmed.”

 Pics taken by Maria I Firpi Mazur – June, 2015

Puerto Rico

THANK YOU MARIA!

See “DEAD MAN’S GARDEN” from Maria in 2 weeks!

Puerto Rican Beauty

Maria from Tropical Flowering Zone took these amazing pics of an incredible piece of street art.

photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur

BLACK WOMEN WITH CARIBBEAN MONARCHS

This mural was painted on an exit to a highway. It depicts two black women surrounded by Caribbean Monarch Butterflies. Puerto Rico is very proud of its African influence and heritage on the island. Several famous black artists have had a major influence in the arts, and this mural pays a homage to black women.

photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
photo © Maria I Firpi Mazur
“The mural is slowly deteriorating, nevertheless it still has great detail. Caribbean Monarch Butterflies are unique because they don’t migrate and are native to the Caribbean region. They are slightly smaller than the Canadian ones but have the same colors and morphology.”

 Pics taken by Maria I Firpi Mazur – June, 2015

Puerto Rico

THANK YOU MARIA!