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Dennis Joaquin, New Mural (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Dennis Joaquin, New Mural (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Dennis Joaquin, New Mural (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Dennis Joaquin’s Savannah, a mural in his neighbourhood on Keith hall Estate Road, will be finished my this summer (Photograph from Bernews)
Dennis Joaquin, New Mural (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

An artist who painted an ocean-themed mural during last year’s lockdown is creating another nature-themed mural – this time inspired by the plains of Africa.

Dennis Joaquin, 58, said that he started the new project, titled Savannah, in February and hoped to finish it by the summertime.

Dennis Joaquin, New Mural (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

He has also pledged to create a new mural in his Warwick neighbourhood every year.

Mr Joaquin admitted that he would have to paint over his work every year – but he added that he would not be upset to let it go.

He explained: “It taught me not to be attached to things and that I create my own reality and that I can change its whenever I wish.

“At this age I’m learning not to hang on to things and or take things personally – I’m looking to have new visions instead of having the past keeping me held back.”

Savannah, which stretches along the 50ft road wall on Keith Hall Estate Road, features a wide array of African wildlife including lions and elephants.

The wall once featured Mr Joaquin’s mural, Ocean Life, which he painted during the summer last year as a way to keep himself busy during the shelter in place regulations.

Mr Joaquin said that the feedback had been very positive, with many saying that it livened the neighbourhood and inspired them to be creative as well.

He added: “I got responses from the neighbours saying ’hey, you’ve actually increased the value of my property’, so to get those kinds of responses is incredible for me.”

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Published April 21, 2021 at 7:54 am (Updated April 21, 2021 at 4:38 am)

The African plains come to Bermuda

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