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Sep 1, 2021

Artists Begin Independence Mural in Belize City

Earlier this week, we showed you new public art at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on the Ring Road in Belmopan.  That mural is part of an initiative by the National Celebrations Committee happening across all nine municipalities.  An official simultaneous unveiling takes place on September thirteenth, but this afternoon News Five wanted a sneak peek, so we headed to Rogers Stadium in Belize City.  There, we found three artists have begun the process of transforming a portion of this fence into their latest masterpiece. 

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Keion Griffith, Alex Sanker and Chelsea Johnston – they are well-known painters in Belize who have been working with different techniques to create statement pieces. Today, about eight sections of the Rogers Stadium fence have been made their latest canvas on which they will be showcasing a retrospective of Belize’s independence.

 

Chelsea Johnston

Chelsea Johnston, Artist

“Everyone would want just cultures and different people to show unity and stuff. But we forget to show where we were to where we are now. So that’s what we want to depict. Where we were, where we started – at the first independence to where we are now. So starting off, I am just giving you a little peak. It will be something that you haven’t seen in a while. It might be forty years you haven’t seen it. So every day, we decided to do a block and tomorrow we are going to start on the first corner.”

 

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“A mural that will depict the journey, the forty-year journey of Belize as an independent nation and trying to capture in a timeline fashion, all that has occurred, our cultures, the excitement of being an independent nation, the struggles of being an independent nation. The mural will capture all of that and bring back life to this area here – Cemetery Road and Dolphin Street. We wanted to ensure that we capture some of the key figures that brought us to where we are as an independent nation – the George Prices the Philip Goldsons, our diversity as a nation and the struggles and challenges we face as a nation currently and that will be captured here in this mural.”

 

Commissioned by the National Celebrations Committee, Johnston says it is an exciting venture for her and the other artists to capture the history of Belize.

 

Chelsea Johnston

“It’s more community service because you are giving something to the community that they could appreciate and we are depicting stuff that they could appreciate. So it is an overwhelming feeling to be one of the artists that they’ve chosen because it could be anyone. Let’s just say I am the only female that they picked. My favourite would be depicting unity within the different, coming together. We call it a bram – so I am giving you another little hint. In the Creole culture, we call it bram. So think of it as different cultures coming together, having a bram. And so from them to now cause yo know back then yo had and even up to now, yo still have yo jawbone and yo…. So we are trying to have little key things in.”

 

Bernard Wagner

Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner says that the location is ideal because next to downtown Albert Street, it is in an area highly trafficked by residents and visitors entering the city.

 

Bernard Wagner

“All across the country, at forty, the NCC wanted municipalities to participate and have their own mural, depicting their own cultures in their own neck of the woods. And so this is across the entire country. The unveiling will be on the thirteenth of September where simultaneously, we will be unveiling all the murals, all across the country. So that is an exciting event that we are looking forward to.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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