Román Cura Mural, Part 3.


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  1. voyager says

    There’s so much to see in these murals. In this series of pictures I see so much ecological destruction due to profiteering. The penguin in the first photo looks pissed about it, too.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Wonderful murals. The imagery gets more terrifying, the more you look into it. So much injustice and rapaciousness.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    I binge-watched the first three posts of this series, so my comment is about them all.

  4. rq says

    The artist has a way with faces and facial expressions.
    I’m particularly struck by the mirror image with his finger to his lips -- esp with the violence and anger and oppression facing it, it is so much creepy.

  5. Kreator says

    Sorry to keep you waiting, here are my notes for this final section of the mural. Most of it covers events which I had already touched upon while discussing “The Transport,” the previous mural by Cura: there are references to the military dictatorships, the advent of women’s suffrage in 1947, the Falklands War and the return of democracy. Because of this, I’ll just focus on the local stuff.

    Picture #1: In 1907, a group of Boer immigrants who had established themselves in the town of Comodoro Rivadavia were drilling for fresh water, a scarce resource in those parts, but they found another thing instead: petroleum, which under Argentinian law belonged to the state. With that, Comodoro soon became the largest and richest of all the cities not only of Chubut but also of the other regions further to the south. In fact, it used to be the capital of the region before the provinces were established as they are today, but that role was later given to Rawson, partially in order to balance out Comodoro’s political influence, which is still enormous nonetheless.

    Also, in picture #1, to the right of the penguin, you can see a metallic bridge. That bridge crosses the Chubut river and is one of the main entrances to the city of Rawson. Nowadays it is called Puente del Poeta, “Poet’s Bridge.” Interestingly, nobody knows exactly when the bridge was built, as the historical records are unclear. What we know is that the project started in 1916 and the construction was apparently finished in February of 1918. The metallic structure is designed as a drawbridge but it never functioned as such; the mechanism to open it wasn’t included as no large boats sail in the river, making it unnecessary. This gave way to an urban legend: that the bridge was placed there by mistake and was instead supposed to be installed in the capital city of the Chaco province, Resistencia. According to the legend the confusion stemmed from the acronym “R-CH.” However, there is no evidence whatsoever to back up this claim and experts agree that the story, funny as it may be, is completely false.

    Picture #3: At the top you can see references to some of the economic activities of the region: fishing, the Florentino Ameghino Dam which provides most of our electricity, wind farms (there is a large one along the road between the cities of Trelew and Puerto Madryn, another one near Rawson, and a third one is being built in the western part of the province) and of course the petroleum industry in Comodoro Rivadavia once again.

    At the lower right corner of the picture: restricted, oppressed, attacked by the barbed wire placed by wealthy landowners around their lands, we find the flag of the Mapuche-Tehuelche community. Expanding the data from Wikipedia, its colors and symbolism are the following:

    Calfuhuenu (Blue): the sky
    Plancahuel (White): the color of the holy horse from the Nguillatún, an important Mapuche religious ceremony.
    Choyantu (Yellow): the sun
    Queupü (Arrow): the war. When the Mapuche-Tehuelche people recover their dignitiy as a nation and the war is over, the arrow will be removed.

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