Press conference video
With a quiet dignity, Fernando Llort made his first public statement about the destruction of his mural which had adorned the facade of the Metropolitan Cathedral. He spoke of the facade as the greatest work of his life and the destruction of the mural as the greatest sadness of his life.
Llort says he accepts the apology of the archbishop and respects the church and its hierarchy. But despite that, he was still left with a deep pain and many questions. He repeated that this public work belonged not to him, or to the church, but to all Salvadorans.
Llort had three requests.
First, he requested that the church make a full and complete explanation of its study and reasons for destroying the mural rather than restoring it.
Second, he asked that there be greater recognition in El Salvador of the value and respect due for the work of Salvadoran artists and artisans.
Third, he asked that the church return to him the rubble from the tiles removed from the facade so that he could create a new art work in homage to Salvadoran artisans.