Location – Mols Parking
Material – Latex op baksteen
Year – 2018
Photography – Edwin Wiekens, Rosa Meininger, Stein de Bont
Mols Parking and it’s surrounding area has a rich history. Throughout the years, many different companies and businesses were located here, such as the ‘Simons Kuiperij en Houtzagerij’ lumber mill and woodsheds that were situated here between 1898 en 1968.
Over the years a lot has changed in the wood and timber industry, the biggest threat to the survival of our rainforests is deforestation for palm oil. Palm plantations have expanded rapidly in Indonesia, at the expense of rainforests. At this rate the habitat of the Bird of Paradise will eventually vanish, a species that can only be found on the Indonesian island of Papua.
With this mural, illustrator Rick Berkelmans, aka Hedof (NL), hopes to make people aware of the situation in a positive, yet urgent way. The mural consists of a bird of paradise that’s being comforted by a girl, and a frog that’s protecting them from the rain, there’s also plants, cut down trees and a tarsier that represent the Indonesian rainforest.
Whilst creating the mural, Hedof got help from Rowan Graafland, Julie van Zessen, Marije Zwienenberg, Niek Vergeer and Tijsje Revalk.
The mural is part of the worldwide Greenpeace project #WingsOfParadise. Street artists from all over the world, from Melbourne tot Taipei and Vienna to Los Angeles, have created murals to raise awareness on the topic.