“Globos de Luz” Sky Lanterns

August 13, 2021 | More from: Exhibitions

by Pablo Ruiz Arroyo

Mural Installation

currently on display at Madrone Art Bar

Sky Lanterns, also known as Globos de Luz in South America, are a worldwide symbol of hope used in many traditions. Pablo first witnessed a sky filled new year of lanterns in Quito Ecuador. The old year is metaphorically burned in massive bonfires and lanterns are released into the sky with wishes for the new year and remembering a connection to fallen loved ones. The light of the lanterns are believed to bring back the spirits of our ancestors, as well as repelling the evils of the world.

After the year 2020 the artist believes we all must remember to reflect and release the past with positive light and hope. The tiny homes attached to the sky lanterns are a symbol of contemporary prosperity. The act of releasing a sky lantern usually requires three people to do so, showing no one is alone in sending their hopes off to the sky. @pablitosomething

Raíz, also known as Pablo Moisés Ruiz Arroyo is a traveling street artist. Having journeyed the world leaving murals as he goes along has been his career. Coming from La Paz, Bolivia, a country of many indigenous cultures, has been a huge inspiration to his art and life. 

Searching for a new direction in his process, he dedicated a year to travel north to California from Bolivia by land. He lived off painted murals, street performance, and chalk art as he traveled to California. Soon after he left murals in Australia as he traveled the east and west coast living solely from his art for a year. The next adventure was through South East Asia leaving murals in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. Soon after he migrated to New Zealand painting more murals. After finishing a youth mentorship art program as director under an artist residency in Tauranga New Zealand, he has since then returned to San Francisco California.

In San Francisco he has been involved in various communal outreach murals partnered with local communities such as Precita Eyes Murals and the San Francisco Arts Committee. He has been contributing to various public art projects in hopes of supporting communities.