"Source of the Amazon," 280 x 300 inches (711.2 x 762 cm) This has been exhibited in London and Los Angeles as an interactive artwork. As a giant floor painting (280 x 300 inches) it is one of the largest landscape painting ever created. Visitors find themselves walking over hundreds of exotic, flowering plants while searching for the source of the river. This painting is now available on linoleum or ceramic tiles.
In Colombia, we would wake each day at 5am and have coffee on our balcony, gazing at the rainforest which extended all around us. At that early hour one could see a snow-covered volcano in the distance, protruding from the canopy.
One January, my friend and I drove a jeep as far as we could up the volcano. We put on plastic suits and rubber boots and climbed the rest of the way through a cloud forest. It was like nothing else I had ever experienced on earth. There was no ground. We crawled through tunnels in the foliage. Sometimes we were deep below the surfasce and saw strange grubs and caterpillars living there.
Eventually we reached a plateau just below the crater. There we found a source of the Amazon River. It was summer and all the plants were flowering. I had ropes and tent pegs and we made a grid around the source, dividing the area in twelve large rectangles. Over the next eighteen months I painted each rectangle until I had a vast painting of the exact landscape.
This colorful, rain-drenched ecosystem seemed like it could exist at the bottom of the sea. Every few years, the volcano explodes and molten lava kills all life on this plateau. But the rain is constant, the river continues to come up from the ground, and life begins again. It is in a constant cycle of life and death and rebirth. It is the kind of ecosystem that existed millions of years before humanity and one that should exist millions of years from now.
Here is another of the panels on the wall of my studio. (70 x 300 inches)