Martin Ron completed his first fantastic mural of 2013 in Buenos Aires on Tuesday named “Frog going the wrong way” (“Sapo a contramano”) . Martin told Buenos Aires Street Art about his brilliant new artwork. in Caseros.
New mural by Martin Ron – Going nowhere fast
“The artwork is on an old wall that I wanted to paint a long time ago,” revealed Martin. “It has has the characteristic that it is the only wall on the block. It’s small but it is on an avenue that has a lot of traffic at the times that people go to and from work. On top of that there is a railway crossing nearby that makes the traffic even slower. It’s also following the line of a couple of two of my other murals El Mago and El Carramato Superstar where both interact with their context.”
Martin explained the different elements in his mural. “The artwork depicts a mutant being pulled by a frog. It is a hand that moves forward slowly in the same direction as the traffic, at a slow pace (the stereotypical office worker who is always dressed in a suit and in a hurry to get to work) on wheels and in the end the frog is the only one who is dignified and keeps his head.”
Martin added: “The idea was to combine some fun elements in an ironic way or personify them in the form of a mutant depicting what happens along that avenue or in our daily lives – a lot of people are in a hurry, coming and going, in a bad mood, they are chaotic and out of control trying to follow orders.”
Frog going in the other direction
Martin explained the title he chose for the mural. “Sapo a contramano’ (‘Frog going the other way’) is literal. We do what we do, we have a conscience that questions everything. This little frog is asserting itself, it wants to go in another direction when things start to change and become chaotic and mechanical.”