December 9-19, 2019
We are excited to host the first Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans project to take place in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. In December 2019, our team of international and locals artists will gather on St. Croix, over a period of ten days, to create a series of culturally sensitive public artworks to help raise environmental awareness and add vibrancy to the community still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria, a category-five hurricane that struck the island in September 2017.
The public artworks will serve as educational tools and conversation-starters throughout the project and beyond. Addressing marine environmental issues relevant and of importance to the local community, our goal is to ignite ownership for the sustainability of natural resources.
We believe St. Croix’s status as a US territory, tourist destination, and its environmental richness make it an ideal host location for a Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans project, as we will be able to leverage the local community and national partnerships to generate positive awareness for our oceans.
Across the globe, our Sea Walls projects have a grassroots spirit and are made possible by local communities and businesses coming together to support a common cause. You too can be a part of this movement by supporting this groundbreaking project.
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Beyond the painting of 10+ large-scale murals, the Sea Walls St. Croix project will feature the following public side events to further connect with the community.
Residents and visitors, young and old, will have plenty of unique opportunities to experience Sea Walls St. Croix and learn how they can become better stewards of the sea in their daily lives.
St. Croix, one of three major islands that make up the United States Virgin Islands, is the easternmost point of the United States. It is home to a rich culture, traditions and a diverse marine ecosystem. The island is a nesting ground for the Leatherback, Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles; and boasts two bioluminescent bays. Consistently ranked as a top diving spot in the world by Scuba Diving magazine, the waters of St. Croix contain more than 500 species of fish, 50 types of corals and invertebrates. This island and the outlying area has three significant wildlife and marine preserves:
The Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge preserves habitat for threatened and endangered species, with particular emphasis on the leatherback sea turtle.
A 38,000-acre habitat, East End Marine Park was established to "protect territorially significant marine resources, and promote sustainability of marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, wildlife habitats, and other resources, and to conserve and preserve significant natural areas for the use and benefit of future generations."
Less than two miles off the northeastern coast of St. Croix, Buck Island Reef National Monument is the United States' only underwater national park with an ecosystem of over 250 fish species and marine life.
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