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Göla Mural Reorders Human Evolution in Poznan, Poland

Posted on October 20, 2012

Young Urban Professionals Evolved 4 Million Years Ago (a. urbanis yuppicus)

Barcelonian Street Artist Göla completed a new mural on the side of a modern housing building in Poznan, Poland recently, and he brought imagination and his sense of humor. It’s a somewhat sarcastic eight-story infographic on human evolution which you may enjoy while sitting at a café table while sipping a carbonated canned beverage and chomping on a Millenium Kabob, with suburban car traffic whizzing by.

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. (photo © Göla)

Using the visual vernacular of many more serious science textbook illustrations, this is perhaps closer to the diagrams in an acupuncturists’ waiting room. Despite the pleasant and comical elements, Göla is bringing the human race in for a colorful and entertaining critique for being so thoughtless with the rest of the planet. Perfectly themed for a festival called “Outer Spaces”, the environmentally minded artist re-constructs the entire evolutionary timeline to include Yuppies at the very beginning. Since Yuppies first roamed the earth approximately around the time Göla was born, he undoubtedly thinks they have been here forever. In a way, he has a point.

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. Detail. (photo © Göla)

“My idea of the wall was to read from bottom to top, passing through symbols, as a metaphor for evolution,” Göla told us this week ,“From Australopithecus and the Yuppie at the bottom of the Mayan pyramid up through the second element as the cell of the new human being and the third depicts humans as they are described nowadays as a tick of the world. The top image is meant to symbolize the return to the natural world, the concept that we are part of the biosphere and we have to cooperate with the rest of the forms of life.”

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. Detail. (photo © Göla)

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. Detail. (photo © Göla)

Göla at Outer Spaces Festival in Poznan, Poland 2012. Detail. (photo © Göla)

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