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, please check out their Instagram feed, here.
These super cool, large-format murals are now painted in coastal areas all over the world, with previous campaigns coordinated in Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S., Australia, Indonesia…and now Mexico again!
It’s street art, at its best. And a perfect opportunity to do a free, self-guided walking tour in Cozumel – see how many you can find.
Pangeaseed’s last 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 all fun and gorgeous to look at – but each also addresses major environmental issues that are threatening our oceans and the environment.
And for Cozumel, first and foremost that means the ocean and our Meso-American Barrier Reef (the second largest barrier reef in the world) is in grave danger.
The scuba diving in Cozumel is world-class, and many people also depend on it for survival.
Well, we are in luck once again! Seawalls Cozumel 2019 starts today (April 29, 2019)!
Ocean Conservation Themes
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 life. In addition to the coral reefs, painting themes 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.