Costa Rica facts: The country opens the first forest museum of the world

Costa Rica facts: The country opens the first forest museum of the world

A work of art painted on the bark of an Ojoche tree serves to remind the relationship between nature and human being. The Tropical and Agricultural Center of Research and Education (CATIE), opened the first museum in the woods, with this colorful tree. The project could be an interesting place to visit for many Costa Rica ecology tours.
This is an idea of forestry engineer Ronnie de Camino, deputy director of CATIE, who seeks the museum be an important tool for awareness and environmental education. He also hopes that people come to the museum and consider it as one of the attractive things to see in Costa Rica.

De Camino explained that "the idea is that people going into the woods and, through art, be curious about to protect nature". Considering that many Costa Rica adventure travel packages include tours to natural places of the country and many Costa Ricans like to visit the woods is really necessary that people reinforce some important concepts about natural resources and native species of flora and fauna.
The work of art was painted by Charles Veiman. It was his graduation project. "The work has an important meaning through mother nature and the spirits of nature, air, water, earth and fire, which invite people to visit the woods" De Camino said.
The painted Ojoche tree is 35 meters height. The painting was made on the basis of the bark, and it is just seven meters height. However, the work of art covers the entire tree diameter, which is about three meters.
The Costa Rican museum expects to have about 40 similar works of art, whether painted, carved sculptures, as platforms to project images of light and as object installation, among other techniques. De Camino said that "the idea is to invite important local and international artists to participate in this natural museum".
At present similar initiatives are being developed in Canada, Croatia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Paraguay.

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