There’s always been a struggle with street art when non-enthusiasts deem many of its forms as vandalism. However, recent years have proven that reception to murals and other types of street art as things that not only add beauty to a place but also create awareness. That’s just what PangeaSeed is maximizing with “Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition.”

In collaboration with World Art Destinations, Residencia Gorila, Juxtapoz Latin America, and 1xRUN, the week-long festival by PangeaSeed allowed street artists from all over the world to showcase their amazing ocean-themed murals all over Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

The purpose of these massive creations is to educate and raise awareness not just locally but also towards tourists. Sharks and manta rays have been listed in the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Mixing art and activism, they have dubbed this project as a form of ARTivism.

There are 14 gorgeous large-scale paintings found all over, created by the artists based from and inspired by their personal encounters with sea animals. Each artist was given the chance to swim with and study both whale sharks and oceanic manta rays in their natural habitat.

The festival includes work by: Cinzah Merkens (New Zealand), Meggs (Australia), Smithe (Mexico), Nosego (USA), Curiot (Mexico), Hannah Stouffer (USA), Celeste Byers (USA), Pelucas (Spain), Saner (Mexico), Mike Popso (USA), Shark Toof (USA), Tatiana Suarez (USA), Tristan Eaton (USA), Vexta (Australia), and a collaboration between Aaron Glasson (New Zealand) and Yoh Nagao (Japan).

See their works below:

PangeaSeed_02_Aaron-Glasson_Yoh-Nagao

PangeaSeed_03_Nosego

PangeaSeed_04_Tristan-Eaton

PangeaSeed_05_Hannah-Stouffer

PangeaSeed_06_Meggs

PangeaSeed_07_Saner-3

PangeaSeed_08_Smithe

PangeaSeed_09_Cinzah

PangeaSeed_10_Cinzah-Merkens

PangeaSeed_11_Curiot-1

PangeaSeed_12_Pelucas

PangeaSeed_13_Tatiana-Suarez

PangeaSeed_14_Vexta

PangeaSeed_15_Celeste-Byers

PangeaSeed_16_Shark-Toof

PangeaSeed_17_Mike-Popso

Pictures taken by Tré Packard. More information can be found at the PangeaSeed website.