Seawalls Cozumel 2019

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Seawalls mural featuring Cozumel fishermen.

Seawalls on Melgar Ave., near the Palacio    

 

 

Seawalls Cozumel 2019

 

Visitors to Cozumel have fallen in love with the epic Seawalls project, by the Pangeaseed Foundation.  

 

If you’re not familiar with Seawalls:Artists for the Oceans, check out their Instagram feed. Super cool, large format murals painted in coastal areas (now) all over the world – Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S., Australia, Indonesia…and now Mexico again!  It is really street art, at its best.  And the perfect opportunity for a walking tour in Cozumel. 

 

Pangeaseed has a Seawalls event in Cozumel back in 2015, and the results are awesome.  If you walk around San Miguel, you can find these amazing works of art looming all over town.  The paintings were created to raise awareness under the foundation’s motto, “Painting with a Purpose.”

 

Protect What you Love

 

They are cool and gorgeous – but each also addresses major environmental issues that are threatening our oceans and the environment. 

 

And for Cozumel, that first and foremost means the ocean and our Meso-American Barrier Reef (the second largest barrier reef in the world) in danger.  The scuba diving in Cozumel is world-class, but many people also depend on it for survival.  

 

Well, we are in luck once again!  Seawalls Cozumel 2019 starts today (April 29, 2019)!  Pangeaseed has assembled another group of 16 talented, international artists who have been visiting many of the island’s natural environments, learning about some local initiatives, including the Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Foundation.  This time, the art will bring an expanded set of environmental concerns to to life.

 

In addition to the coral reefs, paintings will wrestle with shared problems of mass tourism, over-development, the loss of our mangroves (a.k.a. fish nurseries), and issues with diminishing jungle acreage and sand dunes – both by natural and man-made causes.  

 

I can’t wait to see the results!  Stay tuned, as we’ll share lots of new images, for sure. Seawalls Cozumel has begun!

But as we enjoy them, let’s keep in mind the “painting with a purpose” mission.  The planet is in pain. We all need to try harder. 

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