Art (Re) Public Jacksonville, founded and curated by Jessica Santiago in conjunction with Iryna Kanishcheva, has invited international renowned street artists; Case Maclaim, James Reka, INO, Waone of Interesni Kazki, Kenor, CYRCLE, René Romero Schuler, Astrograff, Nico Holderbaum and more. The expo from 11-13 November 2016 brings thirteen walls for the 2016 mural collection with artists concentrating on Jacksonville’s well-preserved architecture.
Waone of Interesni Kazki painted a huge mural titled “Danger of Extinction”, a collaboration between art (re) public Jacksonville, Artsynonym , Pangeaseed , Seawalls murals for oceans in Jacksonville, Florida.
“The mural is dedicated to raise awareness about the North Atlantic 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. 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.” Waone
Global whale populations are a small percentage of their once abundant numbers, and still under great threat, due to human impact. A recently released article in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science ‘casts doubt’ on the future existence of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, a species of which fewer than five hundred remain. Since 2010 15% of right whale deaths were caused by ships striking them, while a staggering 85% were the result of entanglements in fishing gear.
Waone’s mural aims to raise awareness to the dwindling population of North Atlantic right whales and reminds the viewer that failure to act now increases the whales vulnerability to extinction.
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Photos courtesy of Iryna Kanishcheva