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A sea of colour for a cause

20 Mar 2017

Mural artists from around the globe are once again transforming buildings throughout Napier in the second Sea Walls festival this week (March 19-26). Using a rainbow of paint colours from Resene, the artists are creating these magnificent works of art to bring the beauty and plight of the world’s oceans into the streets around the world. The murals raise issues such as overfishing, plastics and pollution, global climate change, and habitat loss.

Organised by international nonprofit PangeaSeed Foundation, the inaugural New Zealand festival took place last March, resulting in 29 murals (pictured). Festivals have been held in Los Angeles, Vietnam, Mexico and Sri Lanka, and are part of a growing trend to ‘ARTivism’, where art is used to encourage and promote positive behaviour.

The festival includes field excursions and cultural tours for the artists, a public art exhibition, film screenings, and live art demonstrations. 

More murals from last year's festival.