Mural of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is unveiled

Mural of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is unveiled

November 13, 2019

Making an impact! Four-story high mural of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is unveiled in San Francisco hours before she sets sail from the U.S. for UN conference in Madrid

  • The completed mural was unveiled Tuesday in San Francisco depicting Greta Thunberg
  • The 60-foot tall by 30-foot wide mural was done by Argentine street artist Andres Petreselli
  • Thunberg, 16, tweeted she is leaving on a boat Wednesday for Madrid to attend a United Nations climate change conference
  • Murals of Thunberg are also in Canada and the United Kingdom
  • Critics of Thunberg’s message twice defaced her mural in Canada 
  • Thunberg shot to fame after she was seen glaring at President Trump at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit, after he chose to skip the summit 

A mural of Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been completed in San Francisco. 

The larger-than-life depiction was unveiled Tuesday night showing Thunberg from the chest up and spreading across at least four stories of a building. 

The 60-foot by 30-foot art work went on display hours after Thunberg announced on Twitter that she would be leaving the United States by boat on Wednesday, headed for a United Nations climate change conference in Madrid in December. 

The work was created by Argentine street artist Andres Petreselli, who signs his work Cobre.

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A mural of Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been completed in San Francisco 


Greta Thunberg was immortalized Tuesday in a 60-foot tall mural on a San Francisco building   

Thunberg, of Sweden, is seen addressing the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations General Assembly, September 23, 2019. She tweeted that she’s headed to a U.N. climate change conference in Madrid next month by boat    

He says the portrait of Thunberg, 16, was unusual because he typically does not address politics, religion or sports. 

‘But, this one is … I feel connected with the politics behind (it) because I think it is real and if I have to compare it with the rest of my murals, this is the most political one that I ever made,’ the 32-year-old said as he sat on a roof with the mural behind him. 

The project was funded by the non-profit group OneAtmosphere.org, and executive director Paul Scott told CNN that they wanted to focus on art that applauds the climate activists and Thunberg was the first choice. 

He said feedback has been positive, but pointed out that those critical of the painting didn’t recognize the 16-year-old. 

Argentine street artist Andres Petreselli painted the mural on the side of a San Francisco building depicting teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg 

‘They’re struck by the image and want to learn more,’ he said.’If they take the time to learn more about what she’s trying to share, that I think has an impact on most people. Makes them want to help.’ 

Petreselli also did the portrait of Robin Williams for the city.

Thunberg shot to fame after she was seen glaring at President Trump at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit, after he chose to skip the summit. 

Petreselli thinks Thunberg has already accomplished making the world more aware about the environmental crisis.

‘We’re pretty much at the beginning of our extinction, so if we don’t do anything right now, it’s going to be too late,’ he told CNN. 

Her message has inspired other mural across the globe, including one in Bristol, England, showing Thunberg partly underwater. There’s another in Canada and in Turkey. 

However, she has ‘drawn’ her detractors.

Downtown San Francisco, where a mural of Greta Thunberg, created by artist Andrés Petreselli, was unveiled Tuesday

Two people committed to the environment, Leonardo DiCaprio and Greta Thunberg on November 1 

Greta Thunberg stares down President Trump at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit

Among the other spots in the world to find a Greta Thunberg mural– Istanbul, Turkey, as seen  on September 20

Greta Thunberg is heading to a climate change conference by the United Nations next month, and Australian YouTube sailors, Riley Whitlum and Elayna Carausu and their baby, and Nikki Henderson from England, offered to sail her on the 48-foot catamaran La Vagabonde

The mural in Canada painted a ‘free wall’ along a bike path was defaced twice shortly after it was created, CNN said.

It hasn’t deterred Thunberg, who has led climate strikes starting in 2018 at the Swedish Parliament.

That caused thousands of students worldwide to skip school and demand action is taken for climate change. 

She has met with everyone from actor Leonardo DiCaprio to former President Barack Obama, and spoken to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. 

In her tweet Tuesday, Thunberg said she plans to set sail from Virginia on a 48-foot catamaran, whose Australian owners Riley Whitlum and Elayna Carausu have offered her a ride across the Atlantic. They’ll be joined by Nikki Henderson from the United Kingdom, who’s a professional yachtswoman.

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