“Picudo Rojo” – New Mural by Gonzalo Borondo in Blanca, Spain
Spanish artist Borondo has just completed this stunning mural in Blanca (Murcia, Spain), titled “Picudo Rojo”, “red palm weevil” in English. By presenting the small coleopteran from tropical Asia, which is considered an invasive exotic species, the mural reflects on the theme of Anthtropocene, a.k.a. the significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems.
“The arrival of this insect to the Iberian Peninsula is due to the importation of adult palms from Africa, bought for their low price. The intention of this insect is simply to survive, despite the havoc it wreaks on the habitats that host it and on which it feeds. The Blanca Park is remembered by its inhabitants with nostalgia as a place recognizable by its imposing palm trees. Today they stand perpendicular to the intervened wall as if they were a row of columns of an ancient temple.”Borondo