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Bus Stop Legends: Manet Magic on Guam

For some kids, waking up everyday for school before the sun comes up can be a drab. Not to mention, some kids wake up even earlier if their morning commute includes catching the bus to get to school. We all know how you spend your morning is crucial to the success of how the rest of your day will go. And while not everyone is a morning person, we want to make the time kids spend at their bus stop a little more animated and a great way to jumpstart their day for learning.

We partnered with the Islandwide Beautification Task Force (IBTF) to take some scenes from our storybook, “Outsmarting Manet” to the streets. Last weekend, the first bus stop in this legend series was painted in Tamuning. We decided to introduce Manet to the public beyond the confines of his underwater home on paper, and bring him front and center to the kids who could capture and appreciate his big toothy smile and blue scales in real life. We’ve always talked about doing an animated mural, but we weren’t sure how we could mesh technology and non-digital artwork. Right now in our experimental stages, we’re exploring our options and discovering ways to use the tools we have available to us to break free from those confines so our digital experience could be more meaningful. Our target is to have this bus stop animated before school starts. What better way to kick off a new school year than with some cool art in motion at the first place kids start their day? Who doesn’t freak out when they see artwork of a blue scaly fish on a wall come to life with the touch of a screen?

And in everything we do, we want to engage with the community. We hope to see Manet in every village. And maybe at his next stop, a new element or character from the story will be added into the scene. Or perhaps an entirely new scene from the storybook will be featured at the bus stop by your house or in a village mural. There are endless possibilities we see with this collaboration project. This is only the beginning.

For more information about how you or your organization can get involved with the IBTF Guam Seal Bus Stop project, contact the Office of the Lieutenant Governor at 475-9380. Get involved and be a part of a community effort to keep Guam beautiful. Stay tuned for info of the next Manet siting.




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