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"El TIgre' 85-Foot Mural Painting Time-Lapse

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Published on May 29, 2012

Armed with 6 gallons of black & white paint, artist Cabron paints an 85-foot tiger mural on the headquarters of Sacramento-based national non-profit wildlife organization, Born Free USA. http://www.bornfreeusa.org/

A Second Saturday "Off the Wall" mural opening event will be held on June 9th from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the corner of S and 12th streets, in the parking lot in front of the "El Tigre" mural, in downtown Sacramento. www.bornfreeusa.org/offthewall

The neighborhood just got a bit more wild. Local painter and mural artist Alex "Cabron" Forster painted "El Tigre" on a 17 foot by 85 foot wall in about 14 days. The original, dramatic image of a tiger's face looking between the bars of a cage, was created by Cabron exclusively for Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

"I chose to paint a tiger, because it's probably the most charismatic of all big cats, besides being an endangered species. Its unique pattern and partially closed eyes add character and mystique," said Cabron. "The cage bars gives it drama and lends a certain edge. It shows the issues Born Free USA addresses about captivity and cruelty, plus it signifies freedom in a poignant way. The tiger could be seen as behind the bars of a cage or it's the viewer who is imprisoned by his/her own 'mental' prison of their views on wildlife."

This mural packs a huge punch combining the power of animals, art and sheer size to move people. The art 'works' to bring attention to the issues facing captive and wild animals; in this case endangered tigers. A sad fact that there are more tigers held captive in peoples' backyards in the U.S. than there are in the wild.Cabron's stunning artwork is a moving reminder to Keep Wildlife in the Wild."

A Second Saturday "Off the Wall" mural opening event will be held on June 9th from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the corner of S and 12th streets, in the parking lot in front of the "El Tigre" mural. www.bornfreeusa.org/offthewall

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