Paseo de Roxas Underpass art canopy showcases marine life mural by AG Saño

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Paseo de Roxas Underpass art
The Filipino muralist’s unique take on street art on display at the Paseo de Roxas underpass is meant for pedestrians to take a photo and look like they are part of the artwork. Credits to Security Bank

Pedestrians who use the Paseo de Roxas underpass in Makati have been enjoying a new art canopy featuring marine life murals by artist-activist AG Saño.

AG Saño collaborated with Security Bank to transform the pedestrian underpass to a sanctuary of Philippine terrestrial and marine creatures with the message of hope for a brighter future for Filipinos.

The Filipino muralist’s unique take on street art on display at the Paseo de Roxas underpass features two areas with a cascading design from the ceiling meant for pedestrians to take a photo and look like they are part of the artwork. “It symbolizes that we are part of our nature’s biodiversity and we are responsible for it,” says the Security Bank media release.

“The title of the mural is ‘Art in Defense of Mother Nature.’ The natural defense mechanisms of species are not enough anymore to cope with what humans have been doing to their habitats. I thought of equipping them with metal armors to signify the need to go beyond the status quo and exert more effort in helping the ecosystem thrive and the species survive,” Saño said in the report.

The multi-award-winning, self-proclaimed, artivist (artist-activist) has been traveling the world to work on murals clad with designs that show his advocacy to protect Mother Nature.

The new mural was launched on June 26 to coincide with the bank’s
anniversary month. A short documentary was aired to tell the story about the collaboration and the artist’s plight. Erwan Heussaff, content creator and SBC brand ambassador, also spoke about his personal environmental advocacies.

“The theme for the Makati underpasses was Philippine nature and since education is our corporate advocacy, we decided to take this opportunity to educate the public about issues that are affecting nature, specifically Philippine biodiversity through art,” explained Alfonso L. Salcedo, Jr., SBC President & CEO. “We develop and support social responsibility initiatives all over the Philippines. This mural is one of the ways we hope to educate and inspire the Makati community,” added Salcedo.

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