A chronology of the history of Saint Germanfrom the pirates who besieged the city, through its foundation, the commemoration of the autonomous charter to its icons in basketball, are some of the images that the artist Rafael “Rafique” Vega considered for his mural “The spirits of the Loma”, which will be carried out this coming weekend during the realization of the Campechada 2023.
The work will be 30 feet high and 500 feet wide, so, according to the Institute of Puerto Rican Cultureupon completion, will immediately become the largest made in Puerto Rico, measuring 15 thousand square feet.
“I titled it ‘The Spirits of the Loma’ because all those images are invocations or spirits of what happened. That’s why it has lines of smoke from which faces are created, and it has abstract figures and more realistic elements. It has the ceiba, which is an ancestral element. So it’s about that, about the history of San Germán as the first city or one of the first cities to settle on the island,” Rafique highlighted.
The artist added that the figure of the Puerto Rican poet Lola Rodríguez de Tió will occupy a special place. The writer will be honored during the Campechada. “I have always been struck by the poetry and the patriotic and revolutionary feeling that the poetry of Lola Rodríguez de Tió carries, the trans-Caribbean feeling between Puerto Rico and Cuba that she maintains in her work. She has always inspired me, and I was inspired to put her in the hottest part of the mural, in the area where the fire is, representing that flame of Puerto Rican patriotism.”
The organizers of the event hope that this work will have a high impact and visibility among the community, since it will be located in the new Mr. Special supermarket that will open in the coming months, where a large part of Sangermeña families will go to do their shopping.
Vega will be creating the mural during the two days of Campechada.