The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announces the inauguration of the Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans project in Isla Mujeres, opened to the public on July 27. Sea Walls consists of a series of 15 large-scale murals created by some of the top names in contemporary street art.
This project was organized by PangeaSeed, an international organization that raises public awareness for the conservation of sharks and other marine species. This installation is presented in collaboration with 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila, World Art Destinations, Juxtapoz Latin America and Mapla, and is the organization’s largest project to date.
The project’s goal is to educate and raise awareness of conservation efforts within the local and tourist community. The murals also highlight the benefits of ecotourism in the region, and the importance of sustainability of natural resources, the ocean and its species. According to PangeaSeed’s website, the Sea Walls project is seen as “a new approach to ocean conservation, marrying art and activists” and has the potential to “make a large impact.”
The Sea Walls murals can be found in Downtown Isla Mujeres – making it easy for tourists and locals to take in each artist’s piece while on a leisurely stroll. The murals all depict a whale shark and/or stingray, and each carries the distinctive technique and style of each artist. As part of their preparation for this project, collaborating artists had the opportunity to swim and study manta rays and whale sharks.
“From May – September, when whale sharks migrate to the coasts of Cancun and Isla Mujeres, they are more abundant here than any other place on Earth. Isla Mujeres was the perfect location for PangeaSeed to host their latest and largest mural project,” said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun CVB. “Not only do these brilliant pieces of art add a more urban element to the island’s bohemian vibe, but it also complement’s the CVB’s recently-launched turquoise initiative.”
Earlier this year. the Cancun CVB launched the Cancun Goes Turquoise initiative, an effort that supports hotels, restaurants, tour operators and other entities in the destination that strive to become more environmentally-friendly. Turquoise is a combination of the colors blue and green, which are represented by the region’s lush jungles and crystalline waters – two of the area’s most important natural resources. Cancun Goes Turquoise honors organizations that implement programs to reduce their carbon footprint; preserve wildlife and their natural habitats; and support educational efforts on these fronts.
Collaborating U.S. artists include Tatiana Suarez, a Miami native; Hannah Stouffer, artist and illustrator living and working in Los Angeles; Tristan Eaton, an LA-based artist whose work is part of the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art; Celeste Byers, a San Diego artist and illustrator for a variety of companies; NoseGo, a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts; and Shark Toof, an artist whose work is part of the permanent collection at the Chinese American Museum. Participating international artists include: Curiot and Edgar “Saner” Flores from Mexico; Yoh Nagao from Japan; Pelucas from Spain; David “Meggs” Hooke and Vexta, from Australia; and Cinzah Seekayem and Aaron Glasson, from New Zealand.