BARBADOS’ LONGEST ENVIRONMENTAL MURAL UNVEILED

An amazing artistic work and powerful poster for environmental preservation has been unveiled at Warrens, St. Michael.

(L to R) Vivian Anne Gittens, Chair and Patron of the Future Centre Trust; Rik Parkhill, CEO of CIBC FirstCaribbean; Dr Justin Robinson, Chair of the National Insurance Scheme and David Spieler of Earthworks Potteries drawing aside the velcroed curtain from the official plaques commemorating the event.

(L to R) Vivian Anne Gittens, Chair and Patron of the Future Centre Trust; Rik Parkhill, CEO of CIBC FirstCaribbean; Dr Justin Robinson, Chair of the National Insurance Scheme and David Spieler of Earthworks Potteries drawing aside the velcroed curtain from the official plaques commemorating the event.

The eye-catching environmental wall mosaic, the brainchild and labour of love of mother-son team of Goldie and David Spieler, has fast become a drawing card for locals and a must-stop for taxis and tour bus operators traversing the area which is also home to the majestic African Baobab, the largest and one of the oldest trees on the island.

David (pointing), lead artist on the project and a director with the Future Centre Trust (FCT) took the idea for the mural to CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank which agreed to partner with the FCT to fund the project through its Comtrust Foundation.

David (pointing), lead artist on the project and a director with the Future Centre Trust (FCT) took the idea for the mural to CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank which agreed to partner with the FCT to fund the project through its Comtrust Foundation.

The transformation of the 4,500 square feet of front wall outside the bank’s corporate headquarters at Warrens, St. Michael into an educational and eye-catching mosaic aimed at calling attention to the need to preserve the natural environment, commenced in July 2014.

Ten months later, and with over 150 000 pieces of tiles carefully laid in place by Tilers Dwayne Goddard and Troy Young - who were happily "assisted" along the way by students and teachers from The Lester Vaughan School and Queens College as well as members of the bank's senior executive team and members of staff - one of the largest murals in the Caribbean was finally completed and official unveiled by the bank's Chief Executive Officer Rik Parkhill during the ceremony on April 18th, 2015.

Ten months later, and with over 150 000 pieces of tiles carefully laid in place by Tilers Dwayne Goddard and Troy Young – who were happily “assisted” along the way by students and teachers from The Lester Vaughan School and Queens College as well as members of the bank’s senior executive team and members of staff – one of the largest murals in the Caribbean was finally completed and official unveiled by the bank’s Chief Executive Officer Rik Parkhill during the ceremony on April 18th, 2015.

The mural depicts the local ecosystem and the importance of preserving it. It starts with the marine environment with vibrant images of colourful fish, the beach and sea turtles and then moves inland to show the beautiful and delicate flora and fauna of the island. It highlights a typical village (complete with rum shop) and culminates in a return to the sea side with fishing boats bobbing serenely in aquamarine waters.

Mr. Parkhill said the "mural project was an excellent educational opportunity to promote awareness of the need to act in ways which will not further endanger our water supply, our pristine beaches and coastline or lead to further loss of our last remaining woods and forests".

Mr. Parkhill said the “mural project was an excellent educational opportunity to promote awareness of the need to act in ways which will not further endanger our water supply, our pristine beaches and coastline or lead to further loss of our last remaining woods and forests“.

He said he hoped that the project would remind Barbadians of the importance of taking care of the space we all share as our home and see the need to leave it in a better shape for those who come after us.

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