Sea Walls: Lessons from a Paint Can

Aaron and Celeste

“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.”                                         -Ossie Davis


What better way to bring awareness to the threats facing our oceans than to plaster them on the sides of buildings. Bold, beautiful, and too big to be ignored.

This is exactly what Tre Packard and the rest of the brilliant company of street artists at PangeaSeed are doing with their Sea Walls project.

Harnessing the power of their craft, the PangeaSeed artisans are fulfilling their ongoing mission to use art as a medium to bring public awareness and education surrounding the conservation and preservation of sharks and other marine species in peril.

Since 2009, PangeaSeed has shed light on numerous ocean issues through their artivism  campaigns. Most recently, their Sea Walls campaign has brought them all over the world as they draw epic murals depicting everything from invasive species to overfishing.

This next week, PangeaSeed will be assembling street artists from around the globe as they descend on the small Mexican island of Isla Mujeres. Inspired by the massive homage of whale sharks and manta rays that annually come to the island to feed, artists will cover the island in Sea Walls with the hopes that they can shed light on the issues and help change the tide for these majestic creatures.

Check out more of the amazing artwork that has stemmed from this project:

Aaron Glasson – Galle Fort, Sri Lanka addressing ocean pollution.



Aaron Glasson – San Diego, California addressing shark conservation. o-PANGEASEED-SEAWALLS-LA-900


Aaron Glasson and Celeste Byers – Colombo, Sri Lanka addressing manta ray overfishing. o-PANGEASEED-SRI-LANKA-MANTA-900


Celeste Byers and Aaron Glasson – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam addressing the impact of fish farming. o-PANGEASEED-VIETNAM-FISH-FARMING-900


Aaron Glasson and Celeste Byers – Colombo, Sri Lanka addressing human impact on our seas. o-SEAWALLS-SRI-LANKA-PANGEASEED-900


CYH JAYSON – Taipei, Taiwan addressing “seafood” over-consumption and conservation. o-SEAWALLS-TAIPEI-TAIWAN-900


Toof – Honolulu, Hawaii addressing shark conservation. o-SHARK-TOOF-HONOLULU-900


Aaron Glasson, PangeaSeed and JMA Middle School students, Burbank California addressing shark conservation.o-SRI-LANKA-3-PANGEASEED-900


For more about PangeaSeed and their Sea Walls project, please visit them at: www.pangeaseed.orgSea-Walls-Mexico


Top image: Aaron Glasson & Celeste Byers – Tulum, Mexico addressing invasive species.

Alex Warneke (112 Posts)

Alex is committed to a life of inspiring others to view science through a more dynamic and empowering lens. Alex obtained her M.Sc. in Chemical Ecology from San Diego State University and most recently resided as a Science Programs Manager and Marine Scientist for the National Park Service. As an ecologist, storyteller, and community engager, she has spanned critical boundaries between stakeholders in education, academia, non-profit, and government to translate the most current scientific bodies of work in ways that are accessible and inclusive. She is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the public using the outlets of art, digital media, education, and citizen science. Currently, Alex works at the interface of climate resilience and community with the Climate Science Alliance. As Deputy Director for the Alliance, her hope is that through her work and experience she can get the world to think differently about how we connect and impact the thriving ecosystem around us and commit to fostering a more resilient future.

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