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If you are walk­ing past the Na­tion­al Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem Au­thor­i­ty (Nalis) you can’t help but no­tice the beau­ti­ful­ly paint­ed mur­al on Nalis’ Aber­crom­by Street wall.
The art­work was done by the UWI, Vi­su­al Arts Unit in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Em­bassy of Colom­bia in T&T, to cre­ate a mur­al.
The art­work which is 115 feet x 12 feet-scale is ti­tled “The Caribbean Sea Which Unites Us” is a gift from the Colom­bian Gov­ern­ment to Trinidad’s cap­i­tal city of Port-of-Spain.
The mur­al was con­ceived by Colom­bian artist Paula Os­o­rio Tin­tadel­rio.
Two par­tic­i­pants of UWI’s Vi­su­al Arts De­gree pro­gramme, Sha­nia War­ris and Shireen Ra­goobir, as­sist­ed Os­o­rio with paint­ing and bring­ing her ideas to life.
War­ris is a cur­rent, fi­nal-year, vi­su­al arts de­gree stu­dent, and Ra­goobir is a grad­u­ate of the vi­su­al arts de­gree pro­gramme, who now works at Nalis as a graph­ic artist.
War­ris and Ra­goobir spent weeks work­ing to make the mur­al a re­al­i­ty. The com­plet­ed work is a vi­brant, cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween artists from the re­gion.
It em­pha­sis­es our sim­i­lar­i­ties, rather than what di­vides us. The Caribbean Sea is in­cor­po­rat­ed in the mur­al as a con­nect­ing force, with its wa­ters wash­ing our shores, and ex­pand­ing what we de­fine and un­der­stand as “Caribbean.”
Im­ages in the mur­al in­clude cul­tur­al scenes, along with flo­ra and fau­na. View­ers can en­joy pic­tures of hum­ming­birds from both Colom­bia and T&T.
Trinidad’s Mara­cas Beach is de­pict­ed, while al­so recog­nis­ing that “Mara­cas” is a Span­ish word for an in­stru­ment filled with per­cus­sive el­e­ments that pro­duce sound when shak­en. Scenes of Car­ni­val and um­brel­la-cov­ered mar­ket ven­dors de­pict sites of com­mu­ni­ty and ex­change.
“Li­braries are crit­i­cal re­sources for ac­cess­ing knowl­edge about our­selves and the world. Art al­so func­tions as an im­por­tant ve­hi­cle for knowl­edge—for un­der­stand­ing who we are and imag­in­ing who we want to be. Art fos­ters di­a­logue.
“This col­lab­o­ra­tion is a nat­ur­al fit,” said Dr Mar­sha Pearce, lec­tur­er and co­or­di­na­tor of the vi­su­al arts unit at the UWI St Au­gus­tine cam­pus.
“I am hap­py to have worked with Nalis and the Em­bassy of Colom­bia in T&T to pro­duce a work that is a site of pub­lic knowl­edge, a work of art that en­cour­ages rich con­ver­sa­tion be­tween our coun­tries. I am proud of War­ris’ and Ra­goobir’s con­tri­bu­tions to art that will im­pact our cityscape and our peo­ple,” she added.
The mur­al was launched at a cer­e­mo­ny held on Ju­ly 20, 2022, mark­ing Colom­bia’s 212 an­niver­sary of its in­de­pen­dence from Spain.

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A Dwayne Mc Dowell artwork of his now 4-year-old Zane Mc Dowell who inspired him to regain his passion for drawing when he was three.
A Dwayne Mc Dowell artwork of his now 4-year-old Zane Mc Dowell who inspired him to regain his passion for drawing when he was three.
Young pannists, in a show of gratitude, raise their certificates.
INNIS FRANCIS
Young pannists, in a show of gratitude, raise their certificates.
INNIS FRANCIS
MADAME COCOYEA RUTH ADAMS MENDEZ & ACTT PRES RUBADIRI VICTOR
MADAME COCOYEA RUTH ADAMS MENDEZ & ACTT PRES RUBADIRI VICTOR
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