Recap: As discussed yesterday, I was asked to paint one of those brown metal Bell Media boxes. My inspiration was the spiny soft-shell turtle – which is doing relatively well in the London area, but not so great in other places in Canada. Yesterday I painted a mural on the back of the box that says "Watch Out for the Spiny Softshell Turtle!" in order to draw attention to this local creature which is endangered.
The phrase "watch out" is an imperative, often used in an alarming context to draw attention to an emergency. In the case of my mural, I also mean "watch out" literally, since if you look hard enough you can find the turtles sunning themselves near the river. To accompany the somewhat alarming phrase, I used the motif of an eyeball with a heart for a pupil. Now, although the eyeball is of course a symbol used across all ancient cultures, in my mural and in the context of the "watch out," my meaning is to watch / see with love, with care.
Day 3: For the front of the box, I decided to paint the motif of the eye with a heart-pupil to match the back and I realize it probably seems a bit mysterious to passersby. I also painted an arrow pointing backward beside the eye to 1) indicate that there's something on the back (that you'd have to get off the bus/out of your car to see) and 2) to point to the river behind, where there are actual spiny soft-shell turtles that you can go and watch sunning!
I met some friendly people today, especially Grace's friend Linda! : ) It's so nice when people stop to chat.
The eye is not mean to be an all-seeing, leering down on and spying on us eyeball, but instead the motif in this context represents your eye or my eye. Watching with care at the world around us.
And here it is : ) My project is completed. It took me around 17 hours in total (8 hours design / 8 hours painting / 1 hour shopping for paint).
Do you like it?