The Mural of Prehistory, the well-known work that represents the origin and evolution of life on our planet, obtained by a mogote in the Viñales Valley, is currently undergoing a painstaking restoration process.
Expert hands perform the tasks of cleaning the plants that constantly grow on the stones and retouching the paint on one of the largest open-air frescoes that exists in the world.
Yecenia García, main Marketing specialist of the Palmares Extra-Hotel Branch in Pinar del Río, commented that this has not been done for a long time due to the lack of resources to carry out an extremely complex and delicate work, because painters have to tie themselves up. using the ropes and descending from the top of the mogote.
“We are aiming for the total restoration of the mural to be completed by the month of March,” Yecenia said and estimated that the painting alone will take about three months.
In an area 160 meters wide and 120 meters high, the mural was created by Leovigildo González in the early 1960s and executed by 21 farmers from the area who, with hand brushes and hanging from the parachute harnesses, was in charge. ideas above.
These farmers themselves in the beginning, and then their descendants, have since assumed the maintenance of the mural.
However, Yecenia explained that they are old, so for the current restoration a brigade specialized in the conservation of landscape works with experience in mountaineering was hired.
However, he affirmed that the men who for decades dedicated themselves to the preservation of this monumental task remain involved in it, advising those who are now restoring its beauty.
Since its completion, about 60 years ago, the Prehistory Mural has been one of the most visited places in the Viñales Valley.
Palmares specialist determined that more than 50 thousand people come to him every year.
“For us it was a big concern, because we saw that it was getting worse. Only partial cleaning actions were carried out,” recalls Yecenia. But thanks to these tasks carried out, respecting the colors and every original specification, it ensures that it will soon fully recover its beauty.