PangeaSeed Sea Walls: Cancun Mural Recap!During the last weeks…

PangeaSeed Sea Walls: Cancun Mural Recap!

During the last weeks of July 2017 in Cancun, Mexico, the PangeaSeed Foundation, in collaboration with Proyecto Panorama, and CIMUC, Cancun’s urban image commission, presented Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans Cancunan initiative aimed to generate awareness and explore creative solutions surrounding the region’s marine environmental issues. 

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.

Artists included: 
CreaCuriotFrase HonghikuriIt’s a LivingLauren YSMateus BailonNychosPoket and Saul Torbe.

Continue below to see a multitude of in progress, behind the scenes photographs of the artists at work on their murals (Photographs by Tre’ Packard):

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About PangeaSeed Foundation

PangeaSeed Foundation is an international non-profit organization acting at the intersection of culture and environmentalism to further the conservation of our oceans. PangeaSeed Foundation aims to empower individuals and communities to create meaningful environmental change for oceans through ARTivism, education, and science. PangeaSeed Foundation is a 501©(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. PangeaSeed.foundation

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/PangeaSeed/

About Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans

Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is a groundbreaking public art project created by PangeaSeed Foundation and supporting artists to help bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans to streets around the world. Collaborating with internationally renowned artists, large-scale murals, and sculpture focus on pressing issues such as overfishing, plastics, pollution, global climate change and habitat loss. PangeaSeed.foundation/Sea-Walls 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seawalls_/

About Proyetco Panorama

Proyecto Panorama is a new non-profit initiative led by a group of young creatives from Cancun who felt the need to create a more culturally complete city by means of projects that integrate and strengthen the community through art. Established in 2016, Proyecto Panorama has been partnering with and beautifying low-income housing projects and public schools. https://www.facebook.com/proyectopanorama/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/proyectopanorama/

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MEGGS x TEMPLE CHILDREN, “UNITED > DIVIDED.”“UNITED >…

MEGGS x TEMPLE CHILDREN, “UNITED > DIVIDED.”

“UNITED > DIVIDED” is an interactive, evolving installation by David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke and Miya Tsukazaki (together ‘Temple Children’) created for Thinkspace Gallery’s “LAX/DTW: Detroit Hustle II” exhibition which opened at Inner State Gallery on June 30, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.                                          

This 270-degree experience developed as a three-phase progression, beginning with the initial ‘Divided’ phase. At the event’s opening, MEGGS and Miya invited friends, artists, and the general public to participate in the artwork’s evolution by painting colorful peace signs and positive messages over the floor on one half of the ‘X’ (a symbol for division).

The intention was to create a genuine experience of people working together to celebrate shared creativity, positivity, and sense of community. “A seemingly small gesture of inviting people into our home studio to paint on the floor side-by-side was a humbling experience overflowing with positive energy,” they said.

The ‘Greater Than’ ( > ) phase emerged as a result of the public’s involvement, and in the week that followed, MEGGS and Miya transitioned the installation into its final phase, ‘Unified.’ The resulting colorful peace sign leans on its side, a dual expression of the planet’s wavering environmental state and hope for a resurgence of solidarity. They installed living plants and flowers sourced from Eastern Market, creating a juxtaposition of Detroit’s discarded layers and Mother Nature’s revival.

The underlying inspiration for the artwork was their reaction to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and was motivated to highlight what human beings are capable of through unification, continued proactivity, and perseverance from the community level up. “The fight against catastrophic climate change begins and ends with us, and we must take responsibility for our own carbon footprints in the name of Mother Earth,” says MEGGS.

The installation itself was created in MEGGS’ & Miya’s home studio, and made from approximately 90% repurposed and natural materials that the two began collecting in the fall of 2014.

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