PangeaSeed Foundation, in collaboration with Proyecto Panorama, and CIMUC, Cancun’s urban image commission, presented Sea Walls Cancun, an initiative aimed to generate awareness and explore creative solutions surrounding the region’s marine environmental issues.
Towards the end of July nine renowned artists from around the world, including 6 from Mexico, collaborated to create nine large-scale public murals, inspired by the aquatic history of the state, in-water interactions with endangered marine life such as whale sharks, and highlighting some of the issues affecting the region as well as solutions. Some of the issues addressed included whale shark conservation, ocean acidification, plastic and pollution, overfishing, coral restoration and sustainable seafood.
With recent events bringing climate change to the forefront of the conversation, the activation will seek to reinforce the importance of creating a dialogue around the pressing issues this region faces, by using ARTivism as a vehicle to get the community involved.
“While we have world-class beaches and a very rich natural environment, our team always felt like something was missing, especially when it came to cultural activities,” said Carolina Marín, communications director at Proyecto Panorama. “Collaborating with PangeaSeed Foundation on this project has enabled us to not only reinforce the identity of our city but also raise much needed public awareness of the issues affecting our ocean. This is very exciting.”
"Public art and activism can educate and inspire the global community to help save our seas. Regardless of your location – large metropolitan city or small, coastal fishing village - the ocean supplies us with every second breath we take and life on Earth cannot exist without healthy oceans,” said Tre' Packard, founder and executive director of PangeaSeed Foundation. “As ‘ARTivists’ we believe that using our talent to raise social and environmental awareness can inspire positive change and action. We are excited to collaborate with Proyecto Panorama to bring our unique message of ocean preservation to the Cancun community."
Since its inception in 2014, the Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program has created nearly 300 murals in over 13 countries with 200+ artists from 25 different nationalities. This is the fourth time the program is brought to the Mexican Caribbean, highlighting pressing ocean environmental issues. Bordering the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest reef system in the world, Cancun is a global tourist hotspot that lends itself immensely to raising public awareness for these crucial challenges of our time. To date, the Sea Walls team has painted close to 100 ocean environmental themed murals in Mexico.
Artists Participating in Sea Walls Cancun:: Crea (Cancun), Curiot (Mexico City), Frase Honghikuri (Guadalajara), It’s a Living (Mexico City), Lauren YS (USA), Mateus Bailon (Brazil), Nychos (Austria), Poket (Cancun), Saul Torbe (Mexico City)