Painted for PangeaSeed's Sea Walls - Artists for Oceans in Cozumel, Mexico, 2019.
Cozumel- such a precious jewel from the bright blue reef to the deep green jungle, and hence so heavily trafficked by visitors. Coming from another small island with a unique ecosystem, I naturally developed the need to promote guardianship of our natural world through my work.
In order to protect the fragile environment of Cozumel it’s going to take more than nodding in concurrence and walking on by. As visitors to Cozumel, in cooperation with locals, it’s our responsibility to tread as lightly as possible.
We can: Make educated decisions on which souvenirs to purchase, ensuring the materials used obtained in a sustainable manner; Avoid all plastic packaging - BYO containers for food, bags for shopping, and refill your drink bottles at restaurants; Educate ourselves on how to swim on the reef without damaging it, invest in reef-safe suncream, and never kick the coral.
Leave no trace.
This mural speaks of the jungle found in the heart center of Cozumel. It utilizes bold typographic messaging, the style inspired by Mayan visual patterns. The soft subdued colour palette alludes to the delicate nature of these species of flora and fauna- all of which which I saw for myself during my time in Cozumel. All are precious and all work in harmony to provide clean air for us to breathe. ‘Protect what you Love’ may sound like a sweet sentiment, but it is a cry for urgent action and consideration before this beautiful environment fades away.
Te quiero, Cozumel.
Muchas Gracias to all those involved in this beautiful project, my sweet friends Tre & Akira @pangeaseed_foundation, ladyboss @melissangulo, the babes at @proyectopanorama (especially patient Paty) Ops Supreme: NZ ops @crackedink & @mrcinzah + Mexico ops @raystills & @ogcaballero. Photo ninja @yoshitravel, the multitudes of generous Cozumel locals for their hospitality (here’s to you @agave) and to all the beautiful artist family. What a team. 💛🌞🙏
📷@abovebelowphoto @yoshitravel @staysilvr