Quirky and colorful, fierce and fabulous, the Pajaro Pride Wall Project is a collaborative artistic vision driven by South Florida artist and activist Rolando Chang Barrero.
He designed the white Pajaro (Spanish for bird) with a tuft of red hair, yellow nose, and blue eyes long ago and it has become an iconic symbol at local Prides and among area artists.
Now over 100 artists, friends, allies, and community leaders created and donated embellished versions of his Pajaro design.
The result is an array of styles and visions that even took Barrero by surprise.
“Inspiration for this particular project came because of a desire to be truly inclusive of all people that may want to be a part of it,” Barrero said. “Of course I had no idea that this many would reach out to be a part of the Pajaro Pride Wall Project.”
The work caught the eye of a member of the Consulate General of Mexico in Miami, and went on display there in mid-June.
Now the installation is coming to The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach to be auctioned off Saturday, July 24 at 7 p.m. Each Pajaro is about 14”x14” and bidding will start at $100 each but if someone wants to beat the competition a bird can be bought outright for $400.
The auction will also introduce a young musical prodigy, 12-year-old Carly Cantor from Bak School of the Arts. Cantor will perform Shirley Bassey’s "I Am What I Am” and Judy Garland’s "Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
Just because the current pieces are going up for sale, Barrero says that doesn’t mean the Wall Project will end. “Moving forward, there are plans for it to travel to Mexico, and to recreate in other states where I have lived and have strong ties to the LGBTQA communities.”
He said other artists will create new Pajaros, and some buyers at the auction may be asked to allow their purchase to go on tour.
For more info on the Pajaro Pride Wall Project go to TheBoxGallery.info.