Vivid Street Murals Raise Local Marine Conservation Awareness

In Architecture & Design, Cancún, Play by Suzanne Koch

The fourth phase of the Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans project that took place in Isla Mujeres over a two-week long mural arts festival from July 9-23, is complete. The project, which consists of a series of large-scale ocean-themed murals created by internationally renowned contemporary street artists, is expected to boost tourism in the region while also raising public awareness around the conservation of local marine ecosystems.

The Sea Walls Murals for Oceans Project’s main goal is to raise public awareness and education regarding the conservation and preservation of oceans, marine species and natural resources. The festival, so far, has been hosted in Mexico, New Zealand and the United States.

“We are excited and honored to welcome back the Sea Walls community to Isla Mujeres for the fourth year in a row,” said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun CVB. “Cancun and its surrounding Treasures of the Caribbean like Isla Mujeres welcome the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world every year, providing the perfect location for PangeaSeed to host their most recent street art activation project. The Cancun CVB is proud to offer both visitors and locals alike the opportunity to enjoy these unique art pieces, which perfectly align with the island’s bohemian vibe and its current environmental conservation efforts.”

Tysa (Photo: TheStillAgency)

Tysa (Photo: TheStillAgency)

This year’s colorful murals in Downtown Isla Mujeres focus on topics like the benefits of ecotourism in the region, protection of whale sharks and stingrays and the dangers of ocean pollution. The project was led by PangeaSeed, an international non-profit organization that collaborates with renowned artists to address pressing environmental issues that the oceans are currently facing. The paintings showcase the unique style of each artist including Tysa from Mexico, Danaé Brissonet from Canada, Tre’ Packard from the United States and many more from all around the world who helped complete this phase.

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Featured Photo: Poni (Photo: Carolina Marin)

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