Monarcas mural lights up the kitchen and heralds the monarch – The Troy Messenger
Monarcas mural brightens up the kitchen and heralds the monarch
Posted 7:59 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022
When Alejandra Esquivel’s husband, Martin Esquivel, was in the process of opening a Monarcas Mexican restaurant in Brundidge, she wanted to contribute to the new location.
“I wasn’t needed in the kitchen,” Alejandra said with a smile. However, she came up with the idea of painting a mural that would brighten up the kitchen area.
Monarca means monarch. So Alejandra thought a mural depicting the migration of millions of monarch butterflies leaving Mexico in the summer for the United States and Canada, a journey of more than 3,000 miles, would be a meaningful addition to Monarcas Mexican Restaurant.
“It lights up the kitchen and it makes sense,” Alejandra said.
The mural, although not immediately visible from the dining room, could spark interest in the plight of the monarch butterfly.
The iconic monarch butterfly is found across nearly all of North America, but it faces threats ranging from habitat destruction to climate change.
Monarch butterflies have been officially listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and are now on the brink of extinction.
Their numbers have fallen by 90% compared to 1992. And the population of milkweed plants, essential to the monarch, has also fallen by 90%.
Milkweed plants are the only food source for the monarch caterpillar. But these plants are rapidly disappearing due to habitat loss resulting from land development and widespread weedkiller spraying of the land where they live.
Perhaps Alejandra Esquivel’s mural will brighten up the kitchen and shine a light on the plight of the monarch butterfly.