by Dside

Napier, NZ – March 2016


Finding This Mural

9 Customs Quay, Ahuriri, Napier 4110, New Zealand

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

Blue Whales are the largest creatures to have ever lived on Planet Earth. Humans have reduced their population to 0.15% during the whaling eras of the 1930's. The species was protected from hunting in an effort to let the population recover. However, they can't escape the constant human impact on them and their environment. Their existence is as fragile as all the life in the ocean, being increasingly attacked by our miss use, void education and understanding, carelessness, and lack of action to restore the damage we've caused. Plastic is the army we've sent to the ocean, to infect all its inhabitants, an invasion that will never dissolve or leave and will only break down to smaller and smaller scales becoming more damaging and harder to cure. The Blue Whale has the loudest voice of any creature, yet our limited capacities mean we can't hear it, and therefore it can't speak for itself about these issues. For this reason, it's of my intention to show respect to its beauty and power, its size and strength of existence through a 1:1 scale painting, yet in contrast, to depict its fragility and growing demise due to its dependency on the Ocean, the Ocean we've polluted.

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