Pérdida de Coral es Pérdida de Cultura

by Jet Martinez

Cozumel, Mexico – May 2019


Finding This Mural

Backside of Hotel Casa Mexicana

Google Map

Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

Coral 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 Focus

Coral reef conservation

Take Action

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.