Rotary Club Brings Art To Downtown Cabo

Look for more murals to start popping up
BY: CATHY WATKINS

The Los Cabos Rotary Club is bringing some culture to Cabo. The club has started a new project that will add artwork to seven different areas around town. Rotary club president Alvaro Alvalos, said the goal of the project is to raise artistic awareness and appreciation in Cabo, as well as to inspire young artists.

Various Mexican artists will be invited to participate in the project over the next year and local artist Yandi Monardo, will work in collaboration with the Rotary Club and the participating artists. Mondaro, who has a gallery in the Puerto Paraiso Mall, said he is excited about the prospect of showcasing art around town, out in the open for everyone to see. 

mural.JPGThe first artist invited to participate was Alvaro Blancarte, a painter who lives in Tecate, a pueblo magico (magical town) located on the northwestern border of the Baja. For more than six decades, Blancarte has been using the terrain of Baja California as inspiration, and defining the artistic landscape of this region. When asked where he gets his ideas he said, “Baja California is an area rich in oral stories and traditions which feeds me ideas.” He said he’s also inspired by the mythologies of the Kumiai culture and the light that shines on the mountains of Tecate. In his works, Blancarte experiments with textures, materials, and colors to depict the splendors of Baja California.

Last month, Blancarte was working at the site of the mural, along with Alvalos and Mondardo. Workers were just finishing painting the free-standing mural wall white and, after that paint dried, Blancarte sketched out the drawing that would go on top of it. 

The idea for the mural is from Blancarte’s series called “Stories of the Land and Sea.” The mural itself is titled “And The Gods Created Whales” and is about 20 feet wide and 10 feet high. The bottom of the mural is blue with fish swimming about and there is a floating eye in the middle. Above the ocean, there are two rattlesnakes that represent the earth. Above the earth, are two creature-like figures and three whales, which depicts the gods talking to each other about creating whales. Blancarte said the mural has a special significance to Los Cabos, since people can come here for the extraordinary experience of seeing the whales. He swears he was not hallucinating from any illegal substances when he came up with it. But then he also swears he usually gets paid 40 grand a pop, too. He tossed us this one as a freebie.

The mural is signed by Blancarte and in the bottom left corner is the mural title, his Yandi Monardo’s names, the year, and the names of six others who also worked on the mural, helping to fill in the painting. They were able to finish the mural in one week.

The mural is located in the Plaza Rotaria, on the main drag coming into Cabo on the right, next to the Budget/Payless car rental office. The Rotary Club paid to construct a wall for the mural, and will add plants, lighting and a bench to the small triangular area. 

The people involved in the project realize that the mural will be a tempting target for vandals so it will have a protective coating applied to it for easy clean up when it gets tagged. Monardo views this outdoor art as an opportunity to teach the younger generation to care about their city and have an appreciation for art. 

The mural is a gift from Blancarte to the people and town of Cabo and its tourists. Blancarte is very passionate about promoting art and culture. “We should have murals all the way from Cabo to San Jose,” he said.