“Shape, color and history of Quintana Roo”
This name was given to the mural by Elio Carmichael precisely because he decided to transmit the history of Quintana Roo through shapes and colors. The mural traces the shape of a spiral, perhaps because this shape is constantly present in nature and speaks of an eternal life cycle.
The mural can be found in the lobby at Congress in the city of Chetumal and it narrates the most important events that make up the history and identity of the state of Quintana Roo. The work has a 24 meter long by 8.5 meter high surface, the artist designed it so that you can see it from each of the three entrances to Congress, the images relate the history of Quintana Roo in chronologic order.
The colors are significant from the very beginning, the artist began by dividing them by the two most important seasons in the state: rainy season, when chicozapote (sapodilla tree) was collected, appears in cold colors; while the season in which caoba (mahogany tree) is portrayed in warmer tones.
The four corners are decorated with the colors of the cardinal points: a red hand signalling east, a yellow hand signalling the south, a white hand representing the north and finally a black hand signalling the west. Starting from the upper left hand corner all the way to the bottom center you can observe the creation of the maize man, according the the story of Popol-Vuh.
On the upper edge of the mural are two large pyramids; Coba, Tulum and Xpatum. You can also observe a priest that has two facets, one that subjugates an indian with a cross used as a dagger and one that symbolises love. Cecilio Chi and Jacinto Pat can also be seen fighting in the War of the Castes.
There center of this work of art is made up of the clash between the Mayan and Spanish cultures. The first state emblem, the year Quintana Roo became a state, along with its seven municipalities: Othon P. Blanco, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Jose Maria Morelos, Lazaro Cardenas, Isla Mujeres, Benito Juarez and Cozumel. You can also see a small plant that has begun to flourish which alludes to the Chilam Balam (a saying): “ This land shall flourish again”
In the center a town has lifted up to rebuild the destruction wrought by hurricane Janet. Many images allude to survival of the fittest, modernism, prostitution, abortion and corruption of law. In the middle of a spiral of mages, in larger proportions than other figures there is a a naked man, that reminds us of timelessness. Above his head lays a book with the word “Lex” inscribed upon it, meaning latin law; human beings have been led by different laws forever.
This figure surges up from the fire and represents the duality of life and death while the primitive man develops around him, merging into the Mayan culture, the arrival of the Spanish, the Colony and different occurrences that link together to form the idiosyncrasies and the essence of the Quintana Roo that is today.