Cozumel's 'Sea Walls' Project Shows That ARTivism Can be Very Cool
Margaret Badore - Treehugger
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January 13, 2016
PangeaSeed, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting oceans, uses “artivism” to raise awareness about the threats facing oceans and sea life around the world. This summer, the organization hosted its second “Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans” festival to send a message about saving our oceans through public art.
Last year, the five-day festival was held on the island of Cozumel, Mexico. Thirty five large-scale murals were completed by 36 artists from around the world, including 12 artists from Mexico. The works address a wide range of ocean issues, from overfishing to plastic pollution.
The first Sea Walls festival was also held in Mexico, on Isla Mujeres, where many species of endangered sharks can often be spotted. Similarly, Cozumel’s coast is an important habitat for many marine animals, including endangered sea turtles.
During the festival, PangeaSeed organized a series public events including a documentary screening. Kids had the opportunity to make crafts from reclaimed materials while learning about the oceans.
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