Bob Marley mural: Remembering sunshine holidays

Bob Marley mural: Remembering sunshine holidays

With summer in full swing, it is only natural that our thoughts turn, even in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, to holidays lived and those anticipated. The clothes we enjoyed wearing (https://magirose.co.uk/news/an-ode-to-holiday-clothing/) and the special things we learnt and observed.

Jamaica is my natural holiday destination to visit family and enjoy the island’s abundant gifts of endless sunny days, beautiful beaches, warm, tranquil seas and reggae music, that seeps continually out of shops and bars.       

Bob Marley, responsible for the growth of reggae popularity, has been a big part of my life as I grew up with his music. Bob’s music remains the undertone and rhythm of Jamaica. His songs are still played and heard daily everywhere. His legacy is very much alive and well.  

In conversation with my daughter we agreed that the two most famous Jamaicans worldwide, today, were Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. The only country where Marley is not known, in her experience, was Laos!    

On one sunshine holiday in Jamaica, I was introduced to this incredible mural of Marley that my nephew Nathan commissioned for our family’s beach cottage in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The mural is painted on the wall of an outside seating area.

The Bob Marley mural focusing on the underwater scene
The Bob Marley mural focusing on the underwater scene

The mural was painted by Damon Gopie (https://www.linkedin.com/in/damon-gopie-a180635a) a Jamaican friend of my nephew. Damon lives in Florida where he teaches art at the Mater Academy, Fort Lauderdale.

I have deep admiration for this painting; particularly how Damon was able to conceive and compose a portrait of Bob Marley that was so connected to the ocean and underwater, so entirely appropriate for a beach house. The mural, you might agree, has a wonderful sense of flow and movement. I could have stood and admired all day!

The complete Bob Marley mural
The complete Bob Marley mural

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