Street art emerges in Sao Paulo from the ashes of the burning Amazon

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SAO PAULO, October 14 (Reuters) – From ashes to art.

Brazilian artist Mundano used ashes from the burnt Amazon rainforest to create a mural in Sao Paulo depicting a firefighter standing amid deforestation, fires and dead animals.

“I am using evidence of the crime,” Mundano said, calling the 1,000 square meter (10,000 square foot) artwork on the side of a building an act of “activism.”

Mundano traveled more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles) across Brazil in June and July, collecting ash from the Amazon rainforest, the Pantanal wetland, the tropical Cerrado savannah and the Atlantic forest.

He also met with firefighters and volunteers to hear their stories.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has struggled to deliver on his promise to end illegal forest clearing in the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, with his calls for more agriculture and mining instead of emboldening illegal loggers.

In August alone, satellites recorded 28,060 fires in the Brazilian Amazon, a vital bulwark against climate change due to the large amount of carbon dioxide its flora absorbs and stores, and deforestation increased in September compared to to a year ago. Read more

“This mural is a protest, a cry for help,” Mundano said. “I support the firefighters and also to stop this culture of fire, it leads us to self-destruction.”

Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Karishma Singh and Jane Wardell

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