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Waone’s recent mural titled “Danger of Extinction” is dedicated to raise awareness about the North Atlantic whales. His mural was part of the festival Art(Re)Public in the city of Jacksonville, Florida.

 

A 3-day long mural and art expo, from November 11-13th, 2016, marked the inaugural participation of Art (Re) Public with PangeaSeed Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans and Artsynonym, featuring the work of world-renowned muralist Waone of Interesni Kazki, as a second artist of 13, invited to paint a mural focused on the coastal waters of North Florida.

 

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The first edition of the project also had a rad line up including the artwork of renowned artists such as: James Reka, Phlegm, Astro, Guido van Helten, Kenor, Borondo, INO, Case Maclaim, just to mention a few.

 

Waone’s mural portrayed the Right whales, which are one of the most endangered of all large whales, with a long story of human exploitation and no signs of recovery despite protection since the 1930s. The storyline begins from the conditional Earth with a migratory trajectories of the Eubalaena glacialis (North Atlantic Right Whale).

 

They reside around Cape Cod and the Bay of Fundy during the summer, but females migrate to North Florida and Georgia during winter time to give birth in the coastal waters of Jacksonville—where this mural is located. Global whale populations are a small percentage of their once abundant numbers, and still under great threat, due to human impact.

 

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“The celestial sphere inside the Earth on the mural is a symbolic mechanism of celestial order in which whales live and are a part of a different mechanism—Earth’s biosphere. Although the Earth is on the top of the building which symbolizes our planet as a common home. The human character, which runs from home to the ocean, represents the whale’s instinct and also symbolizes the best part of humanity, which takes care of nature,”  – Waone.

 

Art (Re) Public first edition was directed by Jessica Santiago.

 

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You can check out more about our coverage of Art(Re)Public Mural Festival here!

Enriqueta Arias

About Enriqueta Arias

Creative director and writer Enriqueta Arias has a passion for all things art and media. She is Founder and Executive Director of Artsynonym. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a Minor in Arts & Communication from L’Institut d’Études Politiques, Sciences Po, Paris and is certified in Curatorial Studies by UAL: Central Saint Martins in London. She was editor of Juxtapoz Latin America Magazine for two years, specializing in new contemporary art and culture. She has been working as independent cultural manager and curator for several projects including Art Walk Mexico, UR ART Festival in Santa Monica, California, Firenze4Ever for Luisa Via Roma, with the Mexican artist Prince Lauder in Florence, Italy; International Public Art Festival in Holbox, Mexico, "Made by ... Feito by Brasileiros" with the Mexican artist Saner in Sao Paulo, Brazil, SXSW Festival with Mexican and international artists such as Smithe One, Seher One, Pogo & Caratoes. She collaborates with festivals and press including KAABOO ArtworK, ArtScape Festival, Art(Re)Public Festival, MURAL Festival as well as international media such as Instagrafite, Juxtapoz, NYLON, Montana Cans and Street Art News. She acts as a liaison between international media outlets and artists for PangeaSeed Sea Walls.