Brussels 3 February 2022:- A collective of Madrid-based street artists have published an open letter to EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius calling on him to take the lead in ending EU destructive and over-fishing and restore the health of the ocean.
The letter from Boa Mistura follows their creation of a nine-floor high mural in the Commissioner’s hometown of Vilnius in November, titled Heartbeat of the Ocean. The mural, commissioned by the Our Fish campaign, features a direct message to the Commissioner: “Save the Ocean to Save the Climate”.
“The mural of sea creatures in Vilnius shows and celebrates the Ocean as the heart of the planet. Without a healthy ocean, we cannot have a healthy planet – no heart, no life. Our mural in Vilnius is our message to the world: ‘Save the Ocean to Save the Climate’”, said Pablo Puróne of Boa Mistura.
“Our name, Boa Mistura – which means ‘good mixture’, reflects our diverse backgrounds and pathways. We have created massive outdoor artworks all over the world to bring beauty and a message to our streets and connect people.”
“The mural depicts whales, fish, and other ocean creatures with hands supporting them to express the love and respect humans should have for oceans. It is not only a gift to the people of Vilnius, but to all people. We need people around the world to understand that a healthy ocean is critical to a healthy planet and climate action.”
“Heartbeat of the Ocean has a special message for you as Lithuania’s European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries: the future of Europe’s fish and ocean life are in your hands. This is not just a good line for social media – it is also a deeper message and an urgent call for action. In Vilnius we painted in sub-zero temperatures to communicate our message, now we call on you to take decisive and bold action to protect the ocean, and so safeguard the lives and communities who depend on it… and that means all of us”.
“By ending destructive and over-fishing and restoring the health of the ocean, we improve the chances for the future of humanity. This sounds wild, but that is what is at stake, and the Commissioner you are in the extraordinary position of being able to deliver on that. We will keep spreading the message, if you please deliver on the action”, concludes the letter.
Read the open letter here:
Watch video of the creation of Heartbeat of the Ocean mural:
Boa Mistura website: https://www.boamistura.com/en/bio-en/
Stunning Mural Delivers Ocean & Climate Action Message in European Commissioner’s Hometown
Dave Walsh, Our Fish Communications Advisor, +34 691 826 764, [email protected]