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

by Madeleine Tonzi

Santa Cruz, USA – September 2021


Finding This Mural

This mural can be viewed from the parking lot

619 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

"From the Mountains to the Sea, Keep Our Waters Plastic Free,” takes into consideration the impacts of plastic pollution, and highlights the interconnectedness of our waterways and how climate change and human actions are impacting those systems. In this piece, the viewer is lead from the tops of the mountains, through the streams and rivers, into the wetlands, and out to the beaches and sea. It is a story of the earth’s symbiotic ecosystems, as well as the path in which plastic debris makes its way into the oceans, ultimately permeating every aspect of marine life. I chose to use bright pops of fluorescent red to symbolize the effects of climate change on the ocean and included mountains to draw the connection between landlocked places, coastal living, and aquatic life. Through my work, I want to convey a sense of beauty and calm, and appreciation for the environment, while also highlighting the challenges the ocean and its inhabitants face as a result of direct human action. It is my hope this will inspire people to consider the interconnectedness of all life on this planet and its fragility, and in turn, take action to remedy the damage we have done."

The Focus

Plastic pollution and coastal wetlands

Take Action

Reduce your own plastic footprint by

  • Using a reusable water bottle and avoiding drinks bottled in plastic
  • Bringing your own bag, cup, utensils, straw, etc.
  • Shopping in bulk, reducing packaging waste
  • Choosing reusable and compostable goods over less sustainable materials