Artist Statement“My goal for this mural was to convey a sense of movement and urgency with the use of vibrancy and beauty. Oftentimes in nature, some of the most beautiful and bright things signal a warning, a caution or some form of call to action. I wanted to create a similar feeling with this piece, drawing in the viewers attention and curiosity to understand a more urgent message.
Focusing on the Warming Seas and the critically endangered Right Whale, I wanted to create the feeling of a narrative, with a reference to a sort of hieroglyphic imagery. Something depicting the story of an escape and the immediacy many species face within the ocean. Depicted alongside that, a sort of mythical sea goddess that acts as a guiding figure, something viewers can further relate to and see themselves reflected in, as protectors of the sea.
This of course is not just a story, but a reality faced by these majestic creatures. My hope is that this mural sparks some insight and inspiration in those that come across it, to be keepers of the ocean and their environment.”
— Taj Francis
The FocusWarming seas
• Eat as local as possible, increase plant-based meals and reduce your consumption of meat and seafood.
• Reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption.
• Vote for the environment and call your representatives.
• Educate yourself about what’s happening to the balance of our ecosystems. Read more here!