Street Artist Ruben Ubiera’s Life Size Whale Mural creates Shock Waves in Gainesville, Florida 2017

Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is PangeaSeed’s groundbreaking public art project that brings the oceans into the streets around the world. They collaborate with some of today’s most renowned contemporary artists to create large-scale public murals that address pressing environmental issues the oceans are facing by forging a synthesis between public art, nature, and society.

PangeaSeed Foundation teamed up with curator Iryna Kanishcheva for the activation of Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans in Gainesville, Florida.  Gainesville already has a vibrant street art scene thanks to Iryna Kanishcheva, and to work with Pangeaseed to generate awareness surrounding global ocean environmental issues was a welcomed addition. The artist chosen for this mural was Ruben Ubiera, a Miami-based and renowned artist.

“This piece is all about awareness. Even if it’s done via shock. I like to paint murals that are unique to the space they’re in. When I saw the wall, the grass mound, the electrical boxes, its length, I immediately thought of a life-size whale. In the middle of Gainesville, Florida. Away from the ocean. A contrast from your every day.” Ruben Ubiera

“I wanted to stop people on their tracks while making them aware of a problem that concerns us all: the oceans. Without them, there’s no life. The vultures represent the corporations and politicians feeding their pockets from the sea’s demise. The flowers: hope, growth, and possibility. Metallic colors were used on the sunflowers to add beauty, and reflect light, while the sun hits the wall the whole day.” Ruben Ubiera

You can find this captivating and thought provoking mural at 904 NW 4th Street, Gainesville, on its south wall.


Photo credit Iryna Kanishcheva



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