MANILA -- The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many sectors of our life. With most cultural and art events canceled, people are finding creative ways to express themselves and deal with the crisis through different hobbies and art.
Street artists and mural artists around the world are using walls in quiet streets and buildings in their own neighborhoods to create artwork related to the COVID crisis, tributes to front liners and as a way to share inspiring messages.
Here in the Philippines, you can find two large murals that depict local health frontliners as superheroesby mural artist AG Saño and artist group Art Attack, in a condominium building along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City.
One side of the building features Darna dressed in scrubs and wearing a facemask, while her cape features the colors of the Philippine flag.
The other side of the building features Captain Barbell wearing a face shield, mask, gloves and clad in a personal protective suit while holding a swab stick.
The theme of medical professionals as the real heroes in the crisis is a message echoed across the world.
“Super Nurse” by Amsterdam-based street artist FAKE shows a nurse wearing a face mask emblazoned with the Superman logo, which was painted as an ode to all healthcare professionals around the world.
“We Can Do It” by Italian artist TVBOY is another tribute to health workers in the style of American World War II wartime poster produced by J. Howard Miller that served as inspirational image to boost female worker morale.
Other street artists are using their medium to encourage people to stay home, be kind to one another, and to forge a better world ahead.
US artist Corrie Mattie has created a series of uplifting coronavirus-themed murals in yellow, black and white. Encouraging messages include “Close your doors, open your mind,” “Hope is free, give it away” and “Cancel plans, not humanity.”
Wild Drawing, a street artist born and raised on Bali, Indonesia, painted artwork that shows the pandemic as a way to pause and realize how humans, animals and nature are one and to encourage people to plant seeds for a new life and a better world.