Over a dozen new murals went up on walls across the San Diego region in the last week.
Here’s a map of all the new art.
The murals (a few still in progress) are by local and international artists rounded up by the PangeaSeed Foundation, a nonprofit that uses art to promote environmental awareness. The org’s ongoing Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans project travels across the world, leaving dozens of new sea-themed murals in its wake. For the San Diego Sea Walls event, PangeaSeed partnered with local arts group the Cohort Collective, environmental nonprofit Surfrider Foundation and the Kaaboo Del Mar music festival happening this weekend.
I stopped by a mural going up in North Park and talked to the self-described “gypsy street artist” who goes by the pseudonym Lauren YS.
“The concept for this wall, it’s about ocean acidification and how the rise of CO2 levels in the atmosphere is destroying the ocean,” she said. “It’s really hard to try to figure out the most straightforward but also creative way to communicate some of these issues using visual art.”
Lauren YS was finishing up details of her mural on Cardamom Café near the corner of Upas and 30th streets. Her piece depicts two mermaids, both halfway deteriorated and turning into skeletons.