PangeaSeed Foundation, the international marine conservation organization, is thrilled to announce the conclusion of 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.
Filmed and directed by Japanese cinematographer, Yoshi Yanagita, 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.
"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.
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.
Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans - New Zealand is proudly supported by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, 1xRUN ArtLife, Resene, Topheads Eyewear, Napier Now, AAI, Napier Port, Cox Partners, Benson Property Group, Mackersey Development, West Quay Holdings, Hawkes Bay Tourism, Quest Apartments, Navigate Hotel, Blue Water Hotel, Six Sisters, Broken Tribe, Bay Espresso, Milk and Honey, Eat Drink Share HB, Yin Yoga, Hapi, Organic Ash, All Good Organics, and media partners Instagrafite, Buzzworthy, All City Canvas, and Chop Em Down Films.
Visit pangeaseed.foundation/ and follow @pangeaseed on Instgram and Twitter. For more information, please visit PangeaSeed.org and together, we can help save our seas.
Filmed and edited by Yoshi Yanagita.