Novak Djokovic has received huge criticisms for organizing the ill-fated Adria Tour, but he is still adored by the people in the Balkan region. He recently received the highest honour in Republika Srpska for his contributions to the sport of tennis.
An academic painter from East Sarajevo, Milos Popović, the author of the mural of Novak Djokovic, which was painted on a residential building on Srdjan Knezevic Square in Trnovo, told Srna that this was quite a difficult and challenging job, given that it is a portrait and responsibility to the character should be authentic.
Popović’s mural of Novak
Popovic adds that the mural is eight meters high, and that it is probably the largest dedicated to Novak Djokovic – the best tennis player in the world.
“It took five days for the mural to be completed. The sketch was transferred to the wall via a so-called “network” which was also used by old masters where they transferred their small sketches to church ceilings, large canvases and thus received reference points”, explained Popović.
Popović says that the murals themselves attract a lot of public attention, so that on the first day, one could sense from the outlines and contours that it was the character of Novak Djokovic, which encouraged the entire team to continue their work.
The initiative for making the mural, as he said, was initiated by the Tourist Organization of the Municipality of Trnovo, and he gladly accepted their invitation.
“My primary interest is in other painting techniques. Although this is not the first mural I have painted, I admit that at first I thought it was a big task for me. I had the opportunity to try this technique in the previous period when I painted a mural on Jahorina, however, it was less demanding than this one in Trnovo”, said Popović.
Popovic adds that the first reactions were positive, but there were also those who thought it was a paradox because there are closer motives related to Trnovo.
“Considering that Novak is number one in the world of sports, that is a global message. I believe that everyone who visits this small municipality will use the opportunity to take photos next to the mural, and at least spend a short time in this small place, which really has a rich tourist offer”, said Popović.