Beautiful images of aquatic life can be seen painted on the facades of 13 houses in Porto Mosquito, a fishing village 20km from Praia the capital of Cape Verde.
Inspired by the French naval officer, Jacques Cousteau, the murals are part of an environmental project by the 2013-founded Lantuna Association operating in the Baía do Inferno.
"Our presence in this communities is not with the purpose of helping, but of serving”.
Murals painting in Porto Mosquito, Santiago Island – a fishing community on the periphery of the future Natural Park of the Baia do Inferno and Mount Angra.
— FMB – Maio Biodiversity Foundation (@FMB_CaboVerde) August 18, 2020
Ana Veiga, the executive director of the Lantuna Association, shares the evolution of the project and its underlying purpose.
Art Healing the World
The association works with locals on marine conservation and terrestrial biodiversity.
Nazolino Cabral, a Porto Mosquito resident, has noticed a difference in the collective mentality of the locals as far as their responsibility towards the environment.
The bay forms a part of the Important Bird Area "Coastal cliffs between Porto Mosquito and Baia do Inferno.The site has been identified as an IBA by BirdLife International because the cliffs support 25–30 breeding pairs of red-billed tropicbirds.
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— Lamphope (@Lamphope1) March 3, 2020
“We are more conscious of protecting our ocean. We did garbage collection, we were encouraged and the population is well up-to-date on how to organize garbage ”.
In spite of the pandemic, the project sees great local participation and is gaining speed with the painting of the last murals by Cape Verdean artists — Hélder Cardoso, Tutu Sousa, Admire Innocent and Tony Caia.