ROA, a world-famous artist, is on a road trip through Puerto Rico painting animal murals. He's painted over 15 murals, the largest of which is a baby manatee with an adult skeleton, which he just finished on the Isla de Cabras. #PRLOVE is his campaign to raise animal awareness and honor Puerto Rico's biodiversity. It focuses on the individual animals who call this place home, as well as the scientists and other contributors who work to protect the species and the ecosystem.
#PRLOVE is a long-term project created in collaboration with the Elegel Group of Puerto Rico and has several possible aspects and programs. Coqui Charities is funding it, and it is working with natural resource agencies, non-governmental organizations, and independent organisations such as DRN, Conservación ConCiencia, and the Caribbean Manatee Conservation Center to achieve its goals.
The 160' x 25' mural on the World War II concrete gun battery Fort Amezquita, on the outskirts of Isla de Cabras, is ROA's largest to date in Puerto Rico and his 15th. The crested toad in Guánica and the Puerto Rican parrot in Utuado (both created in collaboration with the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources); the tiger shark in Rio Grande and the lionfish in Naguabo (both produced in collaboration with Conservación ConCiencia).
Expert advice from the Manatee Conservation Center, financial help from Coqui Charities, and assistance from the Municipality of Toa Baja, which has jurisdiction over Isla de Cabras, went into the development of the manatee mural.
Roa is a street artist from Ghent, Belgium, who is best known for his intense fascination with animals and rodents. In his murals, he often incorporates life, death, and life after death, which sets him apart from other muralists. His animals are depicted with skeletons and internal organs, rendering the scene much more realistic. ROA has over 1000 murals in Europe, the United States, Australia, Asia, New Zealand, and Africa.
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