Mural for Micro Games to cover west wall of Ada Gym

Posted on May 04 2006

The high-rising wall on the western part of the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium will soon be covered with a work of art.

This as local artist Luis Ogo and his crew are working on painting a mural of athletes in various sporting events.

In an interview yesterday, Ogo explained that the mural will feature various sports such as athletics, swimming, canoeing, football, and baseball, among many others.

His crew includes V.J. Barcinas, Epi Cabrera, Jay Sanchez, Dexter Mendiola, and Jack Camacho.

“This is very rewarding,” Ogo said of having the opportunity to showcase his and each member of his crew’s talent. “It’s the first time ever for us, and we’re just looking to make a contribution to the CNMI for the Micro Games. We’re doing this not only for ourselves, but for the community.”

The project, which began on May 1, is in its early phase as the crew is currently painting the wall sky blue, which will serve as the background.

Ogo expects to begin painting the sport figures in three days, and should be completed by the end of the month.

“This is a way for us to expose our art and talent to the community, while also beatifying the area,” Ogo said. “We’re trying to promote the local artists. There are a lot of local people out there with talent.”

Much work still has to be done, however, Ogo is confident his crew will be able to complete the project in time.

“We’re looking at working during the day and even at night,” he said.

The project is sponsored by the Council for Arts and Culture.

Over 1,400 athletes, coaches, and officials from the region are expected to compete in the Micro Games, which will be held on Saipan from June 23 to July 2.

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