As a quintessential movement of the Twenty First Century, street art’s raison d’être in the cityscape is about fostering the relationship between the artist and the viewer. But evolution dictates that success never rides alone and even public art and its urban functions are becoming new common places of visual consumption and advertising.
PangeaSeed’s Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans festival, for its part, is a ground-breaking street art project and the first movement of its kind, helping to save our seas via public art and activism: artivism.
The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing, and that is why urban painting functions must be a reminder of free thought. In this case, Sea Walls was intent on putting important ocean environmental issues into the spotlight with art as a vital communication source.
After a whole year of preparation, it’s a wrap! Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans took place last month in Cozumel, Mexico in collaboration with 1xRUN, Tony Delfino, World Art Destinations, with Montana Cans and Osel paint as main sponsors.
Sea Walls – Murals For Oceans Cozumel 2015 Wrap Video Presented by 1xRun x Pharmacy Co x Pangeaseed from 1xRUN
Over 50 world class artists from across the globe featured the festival, including: Zio Ziegler, Christopher Konecki, Kai’ili Kaulukukui, Ever, Curiot, Fintan Magee, Phlegm, Seher One, Smithe One, Caratoes, NEWS, Jason Botkin, Tristan Eaton, Faith47, Alexis Diaz, Franco Fasoli Jaz, Cyh Jason, Tatiana Suarez, Hueman, Cryptik, just to mention a few.
All these artists beautified the Caribbean island of Cozumel with 35 amazing murals portraying important topics such as coastal development, shark finning, plastic pollution and the preservation of coral reefs and reef species, while they brought education, connection, and inspiration to the community.
One of the most important aspects of the festival was artists had the opportunity to immerse themselves into and experience the various marine ecosystems of Cozumel Island, and learn from local experts about environmental challenges they are facing.
In addition to the realization of the murals, the team had the chance to both witness endangered sea turtles lay their eggs, as well as help release sea turtle hatchlings into the ocean.
Throughout the week, PangeaSeed team members facilitated youth educational activities where the island’s local kids were able to learn about the importance of marine animals such as sharks, turtles, and dolphins whilst making arts and crafts from reclaimed materials.
Artist left a transformed city aiming to educate and inspire individuals and communities to protect the planet’s most important ecosystem: the ocean. In words of Tre’ Packard, Founder and Executive Director of PangeaSeed: “The power of public art and activism has the ability to educate and inspire the global community to help save our seas. No matter where you are in the world, the ocean supplies us with every second breath we take and life on Earth cannot exist without healthy oceans. With dwindling global fish stocks, rising sea levels, and widespread pollution, whether you live on the coast, in the city or in the mountains, we should all feel responsible for the health of the oceans and life that lives within it.” –Enriqueta Arias | @enriquetarias