Santa Cruz, USA

September 13-18, 2021

Sea Walls Santa Cruz

produced in partnership with


From September 13-18, 2021, our team of regional and visiting artists gathered in Santa Cruz for one week to create a series of locally relevant public artworks to help spur environmental activism, while beautifying the town’s streetscape. Sea Walls Santa Cruz has been the most significant urban beautification project in Santa Cruz history.

The public artworks will continue to serve as educational tools and conversation-starters, addressing marine environmental issues relevant and of importance to the local community. Our goal was 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.



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



of varied public programming invited the community to get involved in proactively advocating for Santa Cruz's ocean environment.



unifying and inspiring the local Santa Cruz community and visitors to stand up for the Central Coast's coastal resources.

Why Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which boasts the nation’s largest kelp forests and one of North America’s largest underwater canyons and closest-to-shore deep ocean environments, covering an area larger than Yellowstone National Park. Its diverse marine ecosystems harbor an incredible variety of marine life, including 34 species of marine mammals, over 180 species of seabirds and shorebirds, at least 525 species of fishes and an abundance of invertebrates and algae.

However, the region also faces numerous global environmental issues, including plastic pollution, shoreline erosion, overfishing, ocean acidification, river runoff, sea-level rise, conservation of valuable ocean species, and climate change.

The entanglement of whales at the hands of commercial fisheries, point-source pollution from massive cruise ships, and the disregard for critical freshwater habitats such as the San Lorenzo River as well are issues that too often go unnoticed or are overlooked in the interest of economic growth and urban development.

Despite a wealth of scientifically-conclusive findings and informative education about the harms of our actions, we far too often lack the political will and the people’s buy-in necessary to effect meaningful change for the better.

Through our large-scale public artworks and community outreach events, we aim to invigorate the community to speak up for what cannot speak for itself.

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Let’s Solve the Dissolve

A Beneficial Snack

Sea Lions | Patterns of Behavior

From the Mountains to the Sea, Keep Our Waters Plastic Free

Taylor Reinhold

Project Director

Sadie Phillips

Core Volunteer

Tre' Packard

Executive Director
PangeaSeed Foundation

Akira Biondo

Director of Operations
PangeaSeed Foundation

Todd Burgess


Kai Kaulukukui

Ground Operations Manager

Alexandra Underwood

Core Volunteer

Joey Rose

Core Volunteer

Erika Rosendale

Core Volunteer