Social networks have become tendency to a mural which was unveiled in Quito on Monday morning, on the occasion of the celebrations for the Bicentennial of the Battle of Pichincha organized by the Municipality of Quito. The work is located on the boulevard of Plaza 24 de Mayo, in the historic center, and is distinguished because among the images of weavers highlights the figure of a Pikachu -in the form of a hat-, main character of the Pokémon anime series.
The author of the mural is Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel. The painting is part of the CaminArte project, promoted by the Municipality to recover urban heritage through a series of murals.
The play was a donation from the Embassy of Spain in Ecuador and was presented at an event that included the participation of the Mayor of Quito, Santiago Guarderasmunicipal authorities, councilors and representatives of the Embassy, among others.
Women embroiderers and Pikachu in a mural for the Bicentennial of the Battle of Pichincha, in Quito
Various social media users they reacted with criticism and ridicule by the image of the Pokémon character. “What is a Pikachu doing in a Bicentennial mural”, was the recurring question in the publications of Internet users.
Some users resorted to satire with memes. Others spoke in harsh terms against the Municipal administration.
Before the wave of opinions who questioned the mural, the Metropolitan Heritage Institute (IMP) issued a statement in which it clarified several aspects related to the trajectory of the Spanish artist and how was his creative process, what the project consists of, which public and private entities collaborated.
It was also highlighted that no public resources from the Municipality of Quito were used. In addition, it was stated that the work “it does not represent, nor has it been inspired by the Battle of Pichincha”, but it is a “creative tribute to the expressions of intangible heritage symbolized in traditional embroiderers”.
The IMP invited citizens to appreciate the work; however, nowhere in the official statement is the reason for why it was chosen to put the character Pikachu. (I)