Help Da Kelp

by Kai Kaulukukui

Santa Cruz, USA – September 2021


Finding This Mural

This mural is located in the alley behind the parking garage

601 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

"“Help Da Kelp” is a representation of invasive purple sea urchins, eating a kelp forest to devastation. Seen on the bottom are abalone and a sea star, who are affected by the habitat loss caused by the urchins, as well as a few sea otters who are in the background probing for lunch. The kelp on the top can be viewed as the last stragglers, transforming into bubbles towards the right, as a nod to the amount of oxygen that will not be produced from these dying algae. The ramifications of global kelp deforestation are heavy, as the ocean is responsible for every other breath you take."

The Focus

Endangered kelp forests and invasive species