Elicon House at the intersection of P del Rosario and Junquera Sts in Cebu City looks just any ordinary pension house. In fact, it’s known as an affordable place to stay in the city that is just a stone’s throw from one of the biggest universities in Cebu, the University of San Carlos – Main campus. But within the structure is not only a bike museum, perhaps, the one and only in Cebu but the artist Lean Reboja has transformed the walls of the stairs into a colorful rendition of nature and his pantheon of creatures and monsters.
I first saw images of Elicon House from Lean’s Instagram account (check that out too!) and got curious. Having been documenting street art, first in Cebu, I have seen his early wall mural art around the city and have been hooked ever since.
This was a fun project to begin with. I am a good friend with the owner, Edna Lee. She gave me the artistic freedom to play with the hotelâ€™s walls. As long as the concept discusses about nature conservation and has a flora and fauna vibes to it. She also gave me the chance to include my characters as part of the storytelling. The project was done for a month in 2017.
– Lean RebojaCheck my feature of the artist at my portfolio site, stancabigas.com.
Nature, and more
Philippine animals like the tarsier, the Philippine eagle, butanding (whale shark), tamaraw (anoa) and deer populate the walls. Other creatures are swimming while others are amidst a background of verdant hills and blue rivers. As you go up the floors, natural creatures give way to the artist’s own fauna and anthropomorphological creatures.
A robed denizen with the head of a hornbill. A dark blue human like creature with its head seemingly ablaze permanently while holding a big bird. Red and light blue hair, blue skin. And that curious red bodied man riding a bike, peeking from a mound, or almost fully revealed up front just as you reach the top floor, Lean’s alter ego. At the top floor corridor, more nature drawings decorate below the windows.
The wall paintings of Lean Reboja at the Elicon House is such a treat. Colorful and vibrant, interesting and intriguing. One has to see it for himself to truly appreciate the genius of the artist.
Elicon House Corner P. del Rosario & Junquera St., Cebu City 6000 Cebu City, Philippines (032) 255 0300