PangeaSeed Foundation, the international marine conservation organization, wrapped it up its inaugural partnership with the Napier City Council, Resene, and Alternative Arts Initiative to create a series of Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans in the coastal town of Napier, New Zealand.
This international collaboration of concerned organizations and artists took place from March 10-21, 2016, and creatively beautified the surrounding area of Napier, while bringing awareness, collaboration, and inspiration to the community.
Mural by Aaron Glasson | Photo by Yoshi Yanagita
Mural by Charles & Janine Williams | Photo by Janine Williams
Mural by Celeste Byers | Photo by Tre' Packard
Mural by Christie Wright | Photo by Tre' Packard
Mural by Christopher Konecki | Photo by Derek Hackett
Mural collaboration Amanda Lynn and Dirty Bandits | Photo by Instagrafite
Mural by Two One | Photo by Tre' Packard
Mural by Trust Me | Photo by Tre' Packard
Within the span of five days, 28 large-scale, thought-provoking public murals were realized throughout the Ahuriri and Napier area. Each piece sheds light on New Zealand’s pressing marine environmental issues such as shark finning, overfishing, coastal development, climate change, and endangered marine life conservation, furthering PangeaSeed Foundation’s ARTivism (Art + Activism) initiative.
Mural by Faith47 | Photo by Instagrafite
Mural by Cracked Ink | Photo by Miya Tsukazaki
Mural by Cinzah and Jason Botkin | Photo by Yoshi Yanagita
Mural by Frank & Mimi | Photo by Instagrafite
Mural by Cinzah and Jason Botkin | Photo by Cinzah Merkens
Mural by Jonny Alexander | Photo by Miya Tsukazaki
Mural by Elliot Francis Stewart | Photo by Instagrafite
Mural by Phibs | Photo by Chop 'Em Down Films
Mural by Mica Still | Photo by Chop 'Em Down Films
"The power of public art and activism has the ability to educate and inspire the global community to help save our seas. No matter where you are in the world, the ocean supplies us with every second breath we take and life on Earth cannot exist without healthy oceans. With dwindling global fish stocks, rising sea levels, and widespread pollution, whether you live on the coast or in the city or in the mountains, we should all feel responsible for the health of the oceans and life that lives within it," says PangeaSeed Foundation Executive Director Tre' Packard.
Mural by Carly Ealey | Photo by Instagrafite
Mural by Techs | Photo by Magda Coccinella
Mural by Spencer Keeton Cunningham | Photo by Instagrafite
Mural by Noelle Andrews | Photo by Instagrafite
Mural by Morag Shaw | Photo by Enriqueta Arias
Mural by Meggs & Phibs | Photo by Tre' Packard
Mural by Lauren YS | Photo by Instagrafite
Mural by Kai'ili Kaulukukui | Photo by Carly Ealey
In addition to the realization of these world-class murals, the artists had the opportunity to immerse themselves into and experience the various marine ecosystems of Napier and learn about traditions, culture, and environmental challenges from local experts. Furthermore, a World Oceans Day Hawai‘i film screening of award-winning documentary films took place at the Museum Gallery Theater of Napier, as well as a PangeaSeed ‘Paint for a Purpose’ Artist Panel discussion to educate the community and round out the two-week activation.
Cover photo: Mural by Askew One | Photo by Olivia Laita