by Ariadna Zierold
During July 17th through the 26th, 2015 artists from around the world participated in Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans, a project by ocean conservationists PangeaSeed. The festival, held in Cozumel, Mexico this year, saw 35 large scale murals painted around the island city to help bring awareness to the need to save our oceans and the wildlife that inhabits them.
In addition to the realization of the murals, the artists had the opportunity to immerse themselves into and experience the various marine ecosystems of Cozumel Island, and learn from local experts about environmental challenges they are facing.
Mexican artist Jesús “Dhear” Benítez finished mural addressing drilling for oil in the Arctic, which is a dangerous, high-risk enterprise that could have a catastrophic impact on one of the most pristine, unique and beautiful landscapes on earth.
Via the Sea Walls project, the artist aims to beautify communities and inspire individuals to become proactive stewards for their natural resource.