A Thousand and One Lives

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Template:Improve categories Template:Infobox Artwork A Thousand and One Lives is an oil on canvas with strands of hair and blood by a thousand teachers and the Contemporary and folk painter Elito Circa. Painted on January 28, 2015, it depicts the dedication for teaching, with the addition of an idealized images of an educator.[1] [2] It is the first of its kind in the whole world.

The mural was previously titled “1,000 plus lives and re-titled it A Thousand and One Lives,” which purports to show it is about the teachers and supporters of education. Central to the mural theme is the education of the person, first with the help of his or her parents, and then of the teachers from kindergarten to tertiary education.

“With our DNA in it, it is an immortalization of the teachers’ lives in the transformation of our pupils through education”

The Painting

The artist Elito Circa, also known as "Amangpintor" incorporated blood and hair of thousand teachers in Mural painting for an art for their new building. Circa, who is known as the International “blood and hair painter” suggested incorporating their blood and hair in the conceptualized theme of the mural with general content of the mural "Nobody Left Behind" from the motto of DepEd San Jose City Division superintendent Teresa Mababa. He said that the shedding of blood for what one is doing is a very high expression of love. It connotes great sacrifice, he said. In the 6-foot-by-8- foot canvass, two-inch quadrants were assigned to the individual teachers of the schools division.

By schedule, each of the teachers pastes their blood on it and incorporate some strands of his or her hair on it with the use of oil paint. Each of the teachers, who had their annual medical checkup, asked the attending nurse to place an extra blood in their respective vials to be used for the painting. It seems they felt that it was their lives is en-capsuled in this mural, They put in their DNA to express dedication to teaching. Amangpintor completed the painting when all the teachers in the division and others concerned had pasted their blood and hair on the quadrants in the canvass.