Festival Comic Art Mural by Machima

Friday, 14 October, 2022 - 09:00
We are super excited to be unveiling our first comic art mural at LICAF 2022 by the extraordinary multi-media artist Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima, from Morocco.

Mural artwork by Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima

Mural artwork by Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima

Mural artwork by Mehdi Annassi, aka Machima

Festival Mural by Machima
Over the Festival Weekend

Mehdi’s work is world-renowned and he is at the cutting edge of bringing comics outdoors and to a wider audience.

This mural will be created in the week running up to the festival and is inspired by the Lake and “a character who is trying to stay afloat in between all the boats and plants whilst embracing and protecting the arctic charr, that has befriended her and swims around her”.

Machima's comic art mural will represent a character embracing and protecting the arctic charr of Lake Windermere

With thanks to Tom Nash at Lakeview Bar & Grill, Nigel Wilkinson at Windermere Lake Cruises, Nationwide Platforms and Tony Dixon.

Arctic charr and Windermere

Did you know that, with an area of 17km2 and a maximum depth of 64m, Windermere is the largest natural lake in England?

Created 13,000 years ago, during the last major ice age, the waters of Windermere are today inhabited by arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) that became landlocked. Arctic charr are a cold-water species with high biodiversity value. Worryingly arctic charr population levels have declined over the last 20 years in Windermere due to the effects of climate change, eutrophication and the ingress of invasive species.

Find out more in the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Windermere case study

FBA - Love Your Lake: Big Windermere Survey

Launched jointly by the Freshwater Biological Association, located on the shores of Windermere, and Lancaster University, the Love Your Lake: Big Windermere Survey recruited volunteer citizen scientists to help assess the environmental health of Windermere during the summer.

You can find out more about the Love Your Lake: Big Windermere Survey on the FBA website