Celestial Guidance

by Mary Iverson

Wailuku, USA – February 2019


Finding This Mural

1132 Lower Main St, Wailuku, HI 96793

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

My mural is meant to inspire us to find a balance between technology and nature. The design portrays the observatory atop Haleakalā next to the Polynesian navigation compass. Both entities help us look to the stars and ponder our position in the universe, but each represents a very different perspective; modern tools on one side, ancient wisdom on the other. We have made so many technological advances but we’ve lost our connection to nature, resulting in a world in peril. Our wasteful practices have brought many animals to the brink of extinction, especially those who rely on healthy oceans to survive. The fate of the albatross is especially sad; many birds are dying from ingesting pieces of plastic, which have become more abundant than fish in our modern oceans. Although the situation is dire, there are actions we can take to reduce our impact on the oceans moving forward: avoid single-use plastics, support businesses that use compostable materials, use a refillable water bottle, secure your trash, and participate in a beach clean up. Find the ocean conservation organization nearest to you and check in with them - there are so many great people out there making a difference that can use our help!

The Focus

The balance between nature and technology

Take Action

  • Bring your own! Say no to single-use plastics.
  • Eat as local as possible.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption.
  • Make sustainable seafood choices. Vote for the environment and call your representatives.
  • Educate yourself about what’s happening to our oceans.