by Sabek

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – December 2019


Finding This Mural

This mural is painted on the roof of the school and can only be viewed from the air

Claude O. Markoe Elementary School, Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

"Plastic pollution is a global problem that affects us all. Plastic is so prevalent, we’re finding it in the water we drink, the food we eat, and the air we breathe, just like inside the body of this massive 250ft barracuda mural I painted on top of Claude O. Markoe Elementary School. As a stark reminder, I incorporated the chemical structure of BPA (bisphenol A), an industrial chemical that has been used to make common plastics and resins since the 1960s. The school is located under one of the main flight paths and I hope the mural will evoke questions and inquires when passengers fly above the island. Every year, eight million metric tonnes of plastic waste enter our oceans — the equivalent of one garbage truck dumping its contents into the ocean every minute. Plastic pollution has impacted at least 267 species worldwide, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species and 43% of all marine mammal species. Be the change you want to see in the world. Lead by example and vote with your dollar because our consumption choices will determine our fates."

The Focus

Plastic pollution

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