The second best part of the Super Natural Juice Cafe in Antigua Guatemala story is a friend of the owners Surfing Madonna creator Mark Patterson has been in Antigua Guatemala for the last few weeks helping his friends run The Super Natural Juice Cafe in Antigua.
Mark’s Message to the world.
To all the friends of the Save the Ocean mosaic (aka, the Surfing Madonna):
Through that raised awareness, we hope the Surfing Madonna mosaic will help inspire people to re-think their actions and understand their role as powerful agents of change.
YOU can help reverse the serious degradation currently impacting the world’s oceans.
The results we wish to see are healthy oceans across the globe in our lifetime.
First of all, please accept my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have expressed such wonderful appreciation and enthusiasm and – dare I say – love of the Surfing Madonna mosaic – and her message!
During those first dark days when I was first “outted,” you were the ones who kept me out of jail. You were the ones who made the politicians pause in calling the mosaic “graffiti.” You were the ones, who in your great numbers, kept them from “scraping that thing” off the wall of the train bridge. And you were the ones whose enthusiastic support helped the story go completely viral!
So please accept my humble thanks for your support.
And also please understand too that I’m not a mosaic artist. My career has always centered on business development in the software industry.
But I am also a guy who listens to his intuition. And I have a sketch book. And this image of the Surfing Madonna with her Save the Ocean message kept appearing in my sketch book, first in 2005, then again in 2008, and then again in 2009. Finally in 2010, after a lot of resistance, I listened.
And that is how I came to be inspired to quit my job that October and spend nine months making this mosaic. I’ve never done anything like it before, and I doubt very much that I’ll make anything like it again.