World Oceans Day Announcement!
We’re celebrating World Oceans Day today with a special announcement! Wavescape has teamed up with the PangeaSeed Foundation and SJ Artists to bring the inaugural Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans project to Africa.
Sea Walls: South Africa, presented by the Save Our Seas Foundation to celebrate its 20th anniversary, is the first large-scale Pangeaseed project on the African continent to produce a new series of ocean advocacy murals and host various public events to increase interest and engagement around marine stewardship and action within the coastal community.
The project will feature week-long, free-to-the-public programming curated to help facilitate an ongoing relationship between Cape Town’s community, the murals, and their environment. Activities will include youth outreach at local schools, a coastal cleanup, and mural walking tours, making it a well-rounded experience for all ages.
The public programming will culminate with a free community event featuring short film screenings and a thought-provoking panel discussion tackling topics at the intersection of art, science, and disruption for good.
The project will commission artists to create 13 or more large-format murals around the Cape Peninsula, adding South Africa to PangeaSeed’s network of more than 500 murals in 19 countries created by more than 400 artists with the motto: A Drop of Paint Can Create an Ocean of Change.
This synergy between art and activism has resulted in the term ARTivism coined by Pangeaseed founder Tre’ Packard, who will be in Cape Town for the project that sees blank walls transformed into vibrant works of art in suburbs that include Camps Bay, Sea Point, CBD, Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Muizenberg, and Kalk Bay. The murals aim to evoke an emotional connection to ocean flora and fauna to drive public awareness on critical ocean issues.
The following South African artists are confirmed: Marti Macfly, Dbongz, Dirty Native, Amy-Lee Tak, These 10 Fingers, Marie-Louise Koen, Sonny, Breeze Yoko, and CareCreative. International artists will also be invited to participate. A festival will accompany the creation of the murals, featuring beach clean-ups with The Beach Co-op, ocean film screenings and panel discussions at Jack Black’s Tap Room.
In Kalk Bay, a special collaboration with Tracii Kwaai, founder of the Fischer Child Project, will highlight the Walk of Remembrance by showcasing poignant portraits of individuals from the area dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s, paying homage to their heritage.
Project Manager for Sea Walls: South Africa Shani Judes said: “Sea Walls is grateful for the invaluable support of headline partner Save Our Seas Foundation, and local partners, who include Plascon Paints, Whiteheads Painters, Jack Hammers, Eazi Access, Volcom, and Jack Black Beer. Their collaborative efforts and commitment play a vital role in bringing the Sea Walls project to life to make a lasting impact in the quest to protect our oceans.”
CEO of the Save Our Seas Foundation James Lea said: “Striking art can connect with people in a way that science often struggles with, which is why we're delighted to collaborate again with Sea Walls and Wavescape to present a stunning array of murals across Cape Town that highlight the majesty of our oceans. Through fostering peoples' connection with nature, we strive to promote ocean stewards who can help advocate for the health of our oceans.”
Judes said that the poster by Miné Jonker from Studio Muti captured the essence of the project, and the powerful conservation message it carried, adding that Aaniyah Martin from The Beach Co-op had come on board as cultural advisor: “She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in environmental and cultural preservation, with valuable insights and guidance to ensure the project aligns with community values and sensitivities.”
To further engage the local community, Sea Walls had also partnered with Gardens Commercial High School for a creative collaboration with a selected artist. The students would hold workshops to develop a mural design as a way to actively participate in its creation, said Judes, who is Director of the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival. As the founder of SJ Artists, she coordinates talented artists to create murals that raise awareness for ocean conservation.
A series of thought-provoking podcasts hosted by Stephen Shooter from Shredding the Gnar will provide in-depth discussions with personalities, including artists, stakeholders and community members. The project is made possible by a collaboration with the South African Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.
As Colin Whitehead of Whiteheads Painting Contractors, who will prep the walls for the murals, affirms: “The oceans of our planet sustain us, not only physically, but mentally too. Without them, we would be lost. We believe in sustainability and promoting good will. To this end, our involvement in the project allows us to provide the backdrop to the murals that will speak volumes about our oceans, and the importance of saving them.”
Sea Walls welcomes accommodation assistance for visiting team members and artists. Additional financial support from organizations and individuals is greatly appreciated. If you would like to offer up a wall, volunteer or offer sponsorship, contact Shani at +27 83 509 5105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About PangeaSeed Foundation & Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans
PangeaSeed Foundation is a globally engaged nonprofit organization at the intersection of culture and environmentalism to further the conservation of our oceans. Their mission is to empower individuals and communities to create meaningful environmental change for the oceans by raising public awareness of critical environmental issues through SCIENCE, EDUCATION, and ARTIVISM (S.E.A.). Through their groundbreaking Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans public art program, PangeaSeed Foundation has created over 500 educational, ocean advocacy murals in 19 countries, bringing the ocean into streets across the globe.
About the Save Our Seas Foundation
Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2003, the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is a philanthropic organization whose ultimate goal is to create a legacy of securing the health and sustainability of our oceans, and the communities that depend on them, for generations to come. Its support for research, conservation and education projects worldwide focuses on endangered sharks, rays and skates. Three permanent SOSF research and education centers reinforce its actions in Seychelles, South Africa and the USA.