Open Invitation to Create Humpback Whale Sculpture with Recycled Material in San Pancho
Ley Brashka/Jorge Jimenez - CVB of Riviera Nayarit

June 9, 2017

Artist Leyla with the children posing with the skeleton of the whale statue "Tatéi Haramara" (Mother of the Sea)

San Pancho, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, is celebrating World Environment Day with a 10-meter high sculpture of a humpback whale made from recycled material as part of the Marina Metamorphosis Project.

The project arose out of the interested and responsible citizens’ needs to continue encouraging environmental values with the younger generations; other entities such as the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) have joined in the movement, inspired by its sociocultural and community value for the destination.

The invitation is open to all those who wish to join the Guardians of the Ocean; all are invited to collaborate in the collective creation of the whale until June 28 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The activity (where you will find the whale) will take place on the lot next to the gas station at the San Pancho entrance.

Recycled materials such as PET plastic and others will be welcomed in order to “dress” the whale and create its marine environment.

Citizens are also invited to participate in the clean up efforts at the San Pancho creek on Saturday June 10. That day also marks the third anniversary of the Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network.

Workshops on the impact of the trash we produce and how it affects marine life will be held for children ages three and older. The Marine Metamorphosis page on Facebook offers details on other workshops held by artisans and artists for the co-creation of the piece.

Donations of any unused items such as sandals, clothing, tarps, rope, hoses, tires, etc. are welcome to add to the materials for the sculpture.

The humpback whale will be installed on San Pancho’s beach on July 1, 2017 accompanied by fun activities. There’s a plan for it to be an itinerant exhibit with a more permanent home at the Plaza del Sol.

For more information please call Leyla Issa at 045 (553) 707-4691 or email; or call Mariela Dueñas at the Riviera Nayarit CVB at 01 (322) 297-2516 Ext. 108 or write to her at

For information on the work of the leading artist on the project please visit Ley Brashka.

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