Street Art

PangeaSeed: Sea Walls Miami

February 18, 2017
Last week, PangeaSeed Foundation teamed up with Saltmates & Artsynonym to create five large-scale public murals painted by Miami based artists: Tatiana Suarez, Ernesto Maranje, Nicole Salgar and Jose Mertz.
2017 kicked off the year with good news for art nerds and ocean lovers, PangeaSeed Foundation teamed up with "Saltmates," a South Florida startup and the first social platform focused on fostering the ocean lifestyle and it’s community, to create an activation in Florida to raise awareness about sea level rise and climate change; co-curated by Mexican-based art project Artsynonym, a dynamic liaison dedicated to create art events on a large scale, through five large-scale public murals painted by Miami based artists: Tatiana Suarez, Ernesto Maranje, Nicole Salgar and Jose Mertz last week. 

The activation addresses sea level rise, something a lot of politicians in Florida are trying to deny but scientific facts prove otherwise, an issue that affects anyone living in South Florida and that’s not typically addressed in social circles. 

Nicole and Tatiana’s murals titled focus on climate change and the rising levels on her home town. "Unfortunately, politicians are turning a blind eye to these issues while Miami remains one of the more vulnerable costal cities to be affected by the rising seas. At this current pace, it’s forecasted that Miami will be submerged by the end of the century,” says the artist. 

Ernesto's mural represents human actions and ignorance that could possible force many evolutionary adaptations in certain species. "I chose to use a very common bird species currently populating South Florida-Peacock-and illustrate how evolution would take its course and force this Bird to adapt to its water rising environment in order to survive,” affirmed Ernesto. 

Mertz’ created a special tribute mural for ocean filmmaker and PangeaSeed’ friend Rob Stewart who recently passed away. José wanted to capture the strength, flow and power of the ocean by doing a monotone liner piece that had no preconceived thought. The work is also a commemoration to the late Rob Stewart who selflessly dedicated his life to the ocean, its exploration, educating others on its importance and saving misunderstood species, such as sharks, from extinction. 

This project also wanted to raise the voice of Latin America. Mostly all of the artists, team crew, photographers and filmmakers who participated are descendants of Hispanic or Latin Americans. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population estimate, there are roughly 50.5 million Hispanics representing more than 16 % of the U.S. population. PangeaSeed Sea Walls demonstrated how multicultural diversity is what makes a global society stronger. The goal of diversity is to develop our capacity to accept, incorporate and empower the diverse human talents of the most diverse forms. We all are immigrants and we need to make of it our strength. - Enriqueta Arias