David “Lebo” Le Batard harkened back to his artistic roots to create a mural for one of the largest sporting events in the world—the FIFA World Cup.
Spanish sports broadcaster Telemundo Deportes teamed up with Lebo to paint a mural celebrating the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The mural is located in Miami’s iconic Wynwood Art District at 2294 NW 2nd Ave.
“Partnering with Telemundo Deportes to create this mural for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is an honor for a few reasons,” Lebo told Broadway World. “First, it’s amazing to work on a project that has so much global significance and secondarily, it’s very fulfilling to create the mural in Miami, which is the city that shaped me the most as an artist.”
The Miami-based artist ignited his career as a professional artist roughly 20 years ago by painting privately- and publicly-funded murals. His murals are seen around the country, including Miami, San Francisco, and Detroit.
Lebo has since scaled back on mural projects to focus on creating art in his studio. However, he still enjoys special projects such as his “Welcome to Miami Beach” mural on the former Roosevelt Theater and the World Cup mural that brighten public spaces.
The World Cup mural, painted in Lebo’s signature Postmodern Cartoon Expressionist style, depicts all 32 countries competing in the FIFA World Cup Russia. As Lebo explains in this Telemundo video (in Spanish), the mural emphasizes Spanish-speaking countries through colorful symbols, birds, and flags. He says the white owl—perched on the World Cup trophy in the mural—is holding an olive branch to represent world peace.
The mural, unveiled during the live broadcast of the Final Draw on December 1, was on display through Art Basel Miami Beach, and will be displayed during the upcoming Wynwood New Year’s Eve Block Party.
Telemundo Deportes is producing limited-edition shirts featuring the artwork, with proceeds benefitting Alianza U, a non-profit program dedicated to educating Hispanic football players and their families about scholarship opportunities.
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