PangeaSeed Foundation, in collaboration with the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) and Alternative Arts Initiative wrapped it up its first satellite event in Auckland to precede the first-ever Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans public art project to be hosted in the coastal town of Napier, New Zealand.
During the first week of March 2016, four internationally renowned PangeaSeed Foundation supporting artists contributed to the Idea Collective at MOTAT, which aims to stimulate, challenge and inspire participants to engage with innovation. Artists Lauren YS (USA), Meggs (Australia), Twoone (Japan), and Vexta (Australia).
The artists addressed topics pertinent to environmental innovation and conservation of marine life through thought-provoking large-scale murals at the museum.
“The subject I have painted is ‘KOKAKO,’ a New Zealand native bird that is in danger of extinction. Kokako populations are slowly inclining due to recent research by the Department of Conservation, which has found a way to improve its genetic diversity by sneakily swapping eggs between different families of Kokako. I think this attitude of using science, knowledge, and technology is key to creating sustainable living.” – Two One
“Plastic was invented in 1907 and in the short time since its invention we have firmly embedded it into our lives, our environment and now inside our actual bodies. Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists on earth and now it is breaking down into tiny particles in our seas and being consumed by us… the world is choking on its plastic consumption. Now is our time to find ways to create a world without plastic.
This artwork is a meditation on the consumption of ideas, dreams, plastic particles and the interconnectedness of life. A woman is fed particles representing these themes from an out stretched hand, below a snake representing wisdom wraps around a QR code which can be scanned by the viewer device leading to a blog dedicated to sharing knowledge & discovering ways to create a world without plastic.” – Vexta
For more information, please visit aworldwithoutplastic.com
“My mural represents an alternative to plastic pollution. Every minute, a garbage truck full of plastic makes its way into the earth’s oceans and plastics are expected to outweigh fish by the year 2050. This piece addresses the startling realities of the plastic industry and poses an alternative solution – using mycelium (fungus) to replace styrofoam and plastic packaging. Mycelium packaging is biodegradable, takes up less resources and energy, and is meant to be discarded. If not now, when?” – Meggs
“’Floating Cities of the Future’ is a fantastical rendering of a hypothetical city designed like an open mussel with terraces rising upward and the repeated symbol of the eye symbolizing forward-thinking and innovation. This fantastical city is sustainable, self-sufficient, zero-emission, and meant to withstand rising sea levels. The robot squid to the right is also a fantastical conception of a form of transportation in this future of floating cities; a mechanical submarine designed like a cephalopod.” – Lauren YS
“Innovation and international collaboration are key in solving the issues the world’s oceans are facing, and we are honored to have been invited to bring Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans to MOTAT,” says Tre’ Packard, Executive Director of PangeaSeed Foundation.
By Enriqueta Arias
Images by Enriqueta Arias & Miya Tsukazaki