Artist StatementCoral and Coral Reef ecosystems are currently suffering catastrophic losses caused by ocean acidification, human development and many other preventable and now, non-preventable causes. Coral reefs support far more than just underwater creatures. They also support local human and animal communities. As we saw in Cozumel, they also help create a vibrant economy through tourism. That economy, however, can have serious impacts on the Coral.
This mural features a bright floral pattern based on local embroidered shirt patterns. The floral pattern is a metaphor for local Cozumel culture. Directly below the floral pattern, is a stylized composition of bleakly colored coral forms, Sargassum seaweed, and a fish which once used to represent the island of Cozumel. All seems fine above the water line, but as the state of coral reef systems deteriorates, more and more local cultures will be affected and dramatically changed.
The FocusCoral reef conservation
You can help save coral reefs by:
- Reducing your carbon footprint.
- Using reef-friendly sunscreen.
- Only consuming sustainably caught sea life.
- Being an ocean-minded voter.