Acrylic. Festival themed mural done for Atlas Hostel in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain.
The Los Indianos Festival, or the Carnaval de Santa Cruz de La Palma, is celebrated each year in honor of the "Indians," or the returnees from Cuba during the nineteenth century. The Indians had emigrated to Latin America and returned home years later bringing tales of wealth and prosperity. The procession marches throughout the streets of Las Palmas dressed from head to toe in white and throws masses of talcum powder in the air.
The figure's white garb and Panama hat represent the traditional dress worn at the Los Indianos festival. The style of the mural is inspired by the European Art Nouveau and artist Alphonse Mucha.
Pigeons are an important symbol of pride in Gran Canaria as well, as they were the first people in the world to use carrier pigeons to transport messages. For many years, Canarians had contests to determine which pigeon could deliver a message the longest distance.