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  • HOMERO GÓMEZ GONZÁLEZ: EL PATRÓN DE LAS MARIPOSAS

    Price: $2,200.00

    Brian Morgan

    Original

    Year: 2020 Medium: Acrylic & India Ink on Wood Size: 45" x 24"

    BMA1073

    Homero Gómez González grew up in the small Mexican logging town of El Rosario, in a community whose economy depended upon the rich resources of their dense forests. The region is also the winter home for millions of Monarch butterflies.

    As a child, Gómez González listened to the elders who spoke of the souls of the dead being alive in the butterflies, and so he cared a whole awful lot about the Monarchs and in turn their habitat. He became an environmental activist and eventually the mayor of El Rosario. With the help of other activists lobbying against the logging of the forests, Gómez González was able to convince the town to stop logging and turn the natural resource toward tourism and conservation. He was murdered in January of 2020, presumably targeted by the powerful logging industry for his activism.

    The El Rosario butterfly sanctuary is now part of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, and the sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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