Rainforest Murals: Second panel of acrylic-painted mural commissioned by the African American Museum of Iowa for their exhibition Western Africa: Before the Boats. The 3-D aspect of the painted rainforest provided the walk into simulated West African Asante village in the year 1590, when the peoples of West Africa were still sovereign and free but trading with European nations. The rainforest and the plantation outside the village provided the Asante with foods and remedies and was central to their ritual and cultural well-being. Their Moist Semi-Deciduous Rainforest defined their place in the world ‘before the boats’, on the brink of the West African slave trade.

Moist Semi-Deciduous West African Rainforest – Panel B – 12ft x 8ft

Panel B features: Miraculous Berry and Plantain plants, Raffia palm, fern, Liana Vine, False Nutmeg, Kola Nut, African Teak, African Ebony trees as well as rooster and hens, Pel’s Flying Squirrel, Giant Land Snail, Pygmy Hippopotamus, Pygmy Flying Squirrel, hornbill, Mona Monkey, Flightless Scaly-tailed Squirrel, Pearl Spotted Owlet, Giant African Swallowtail, and an Asante Forest Fairy.

Work-in-Progress at museum: