Boston, USA | ’21

July 16-26, 2021

Sea Walls Boston 2021

presented by HarborArts and produced in partnership with

Honorary Conservation Partner

Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans returns to Boston for the second year July 19-25, 2021. Our team of local, regional, and national artists will gather in East Boston for ten days to create a series of locally relevant public artworks to educate and empower residents and visitors to become stewards of our oceans.

Our collaborative effort has joined forces with the New England Aquarium, a global leader in marine research and education, as the Honorary Conservation Partner for Sea Walls Boston 2021. With the help of the Aquarium, we will amplify the critical environmental messages depicted in the new murals and will make waves internationally for ocean conservation awareness. 

In addition to the 12 murals being painted in East Boston, two artworks will help to expand the reach of the Sea Walls Boston project to the greater Boston community:

Artist Dragon76 kicks off the project with a mural at the Fenway in partnership with Samuels & Associates the week of July 12, and the facade of the Aquarium’s Simons Theatre will be painted by the artist Shepard Fairey from July 22-25.

Boston is the first city to host a Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans project in the Northeast region of the United States, and we are honored to bring our creative message of preservation and stewardship for our oceans to the community of East Boston.

The objective for Sea Walls Boston is to create a powerful new collection of landmark artworks that will serve as educational tools and conversation-starters, addressing marine environmental issues relevant and of local importance. Through the project, we aim to ignite ownership for the sustainability of natural resources and to build community around the common cause of protecting the region’s ocean and coast for future generations.

Poster artwork by Marka27

Download the Sea Walls Boston 2021 Mural Map

2021 Artist Lineup

Sea Walls Boston X Eastie Week
Event Schedule

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15

Artists

will paint for a purpose, shining a light on local marine environmental issues through ARTivism.

7

Days

of varied public programming will invite the community to get involved in proactively advocating for our ocean environment.

1

Mission

unifying and inspiring Boston's residents and visitors to stand up for New England's coastal resources.

Why East Boston?

Once a chain of islands and marshland, East Boston is one of Boston’s most vulnerable communities to the impacts of flooding, increased heat, and coastal and industrial overdevelopment. We believe East Boston’s vibrant tapestry of cultures, history, and environmental richness makes it an ideal host location for a Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans project.

Leveraging the local community and partnerships, we will harness the universal language of public art to communicate locally relevant marine environmental issues and encourage positive action for our ocean. Through multilingual signage, outreach, and community engagement, we will make an intentional effort to diversify the conversation concerning class, race, and age because we wholeheartedly believe that the environmental movement must be diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just. East Boston residents are majority-working-class and majority-immigrant with a significant number of non-English speakers. When climate change adds to the current woes of displacement, the most vulnerable have the least options to deal with the consequences of such complications on their lives.

We’ve also been hearing an outcry for more public art in the Boston region. With a compelling, new collection of murals and installations, we aim to put East Boston on the international public art scene map, enriching the lives of our residents and serving as an exciting incentive for travelers and tourists to visit the region. The East Boston community holds a strong connection with the ocean. Along with adding a beautiful aesthetic to public spaces, these works communicate thought-provoking messages to our broad collection of water-based cultures: sailing, fishing, whale watching, boating, kiteboarding, surfing — playing, learning, and exploring.

In 2020, we successfully launched a pilot of Sea Walls Boston with 7 murals and a host of virtual programming that uplifted and inspired a hard-hit community in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We discovered that now more than ever, public art has a chance to uplift our community, bring people together, and give us hope — for our people, our harbor, and the planet. Watch the video here:

Download the 2020 Sea Walls Boston Coloring Companion

Click here for the interactive map of the murals painted in 2020 for Sea Walls Boston

For media inquiries on Sea Walls Boston or to become a sponsor, contact the local Sea Walls team at SeaWallsBoston@pangeaseed.org.

Matthew Pollock

Project Director
Sea Walls Boston

Tré Packard

Executive Director
PangeaSeed Foundation

Akira Biondo

Director of Operations
PangeaSeed Foundation

Bianca Mauro

Ground Operations Manager

Kannan Thiruvengadam

Community Engagement & Environmental Resilience Strategist

Linda Cabot

Founding Partner
Sea Walls Boston

Kaiili Kaulukukui

Ground Operations Assistant

Taylor Reinhold

Ground Operations Assistant

Marka27

Artistic Advisor

Gladys Oliveiros

Community Partnerships

Todd Burgess

Videographer

Zach Heyman

Videographer

Yaya De Angel

Core Volunteer

Rixy

Core Volunteer

Yesenia Mejia

Core Volunteer

Jamie "Kno1Famous" Chan

Core Volunteer

Kyle Browne

Core Volunteer

Danni Washington

Featured Panelist