From: Public Information Section
Category: Capitol News
A mural painting that focuses on the conservation and preservation of marine life will be unveiled tonight (May 17) at around 6:00 p.m. at the Negros Museum in Bacolod City.
The said artwork was done by a well-known Australian artist, Howie Cooke who was invited by the Negros Museum, Family Farms, and NISARD or the Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development to do the painting.
He has been doing mural paintings in different countries such as Chile, Alaska, Portugal, Thailand, Morocco, Costa Rica, Panama, California, and Fance, among others.
He said that he wanted the people of Negros to celebrate and appreciate the flora and fauna of the island through his work. He added that he did the painting in two weeks time using good quality acrylic paint.
He is a member of the Surfers for Cetaceans, recognized by the International Surf Community, who is committed at activating ocean-minded people everywhere to support the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and marine life.
According to him, their group works hard to ensure species like the Maui Dolphin get the protection they need, through compassion, awareness, education, media and dedicated interventions to accomplish this goal.
Cooke, a native of New Zealand who lives in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, is also particularly interested in the organic farming advocacy of Negros Occidental as well as its marine resources conservation, and was impressed by the preservation done in the Sagay Marine Reserve in Sagay City and in Danjugan Island in Cauayan town.
“I wanted the mural to be an inspiration to all Negrenses – that it is important to look after our natural resources because without it, life is sure to diminish,” said Cooke./Capitol News