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New ROA mural at Ghent University Museum

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Prior to the opening of a science center, an important artwork was presented: a new wildlife mural by ROA

The new ROA mural was done at the Museum of the University of Ghent (GUM). The renowned artist created a monumental piece that celebrates his passion for biodiversity and the opening of this venue.

Courtesy: Michiel Devijver

The opening of this science museum was planned for March. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the opening was postponed. In addition, the GUM is located in the heart of the city of Ghent, ROA’s birthplace.

Courtesy: Michiel Devijver

Moreover, this enclosure houses a large collection of natural history. Therefore, ROA found the perfect source of inspiration in the GUM. Thus, the artist’s work captures the skeletons of an elephant, a grizzly bear, an okapi, and a rhinoceros. As we well know, animals and their skeletons are a recurring theme in the artist’s work.

Courtesy: Rick Molyneux

Marjan Doom, director of GUM, said: “I was first introduced to ROA many years ago, when I was still junior assistant in anatomy at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Ghent. I absolutely loved his work.”

Courtesy: Rick Molyneux

In addition, it should be noted that Roa uses native animals depending on where he is painting. Hence, his work is also a call to humanity to preserve all species of fauna, especially those that are in imminent danger of extinction.

“From our first introduction, a dialogue about the beauty of mortality, the complexity of evolution, and how an artist’s eye can force an audience to experience this was born,” Doom added.

Courtesy: Rick Molyneux

Finally, these are some of the images of the magnificent intervention. Don’t forget to check out Codex, ROA’s book with a compilation of his best works.

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Fernando Huacuz

Ciudad de México, 1988- En búsqueda constante de urdimbres visuales y narrativas en espacios públicos y privados. Arte, cultura y rocksteady un must.

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