June 16-26, 2017
In addition to the creation of public artworks, educational field excursions and cultural tours for artists, and community service will be important components of this upcoming Sea Walls festival on the edge of the Hudson Bay. Home to the largest beluga estuary in the world and also the largest polar bear migration on the planet, the health of the marine environment of Churchill is not isolated to the water alone.
“A small town in the subarctic, Churchill has experienced the devastating effect of global warming this year. Extreme blizzards and floods, rail closures, port closures and a pile of other disappointments highlight just how tough life in the Arctic really is and how critical healthy oceans are. Sea Walls celebrates life on the edge of the Hudson Bay and will inspire the community and likely the country,” says Kal Barteski, Sea Walls Churchill’s Coordinator.
Churchill, a remote location in northern Canada, with a population of 800, will boast 16 strong public works of art following this year’s event, that will inspire the community to become better stewards of the sea while creating conversation around ocean health and the Arctic.
“Public art and activism can educate and inspire the global community to help save our seas. We are excited to host our most remote and challenging Sea Walls activation to date in Churchill this month. Regardless of your location – large metropolitan city or small seaside village – the ocean supplies us with every second breath we take. Life on planet Earth cannot exist without healthy oceans. Climate change, dwindling global fish stocks, rising sea levels, and widespread pollution are issues that impact everyone, regardless of location. As global citizens, we are responsible for the health of the oceans and the wildlife that calls it home,” says Tre’ Packard, PangeaSeed Foundation founder and director.
This inaugural event will raise awareness about critical ocean issues like loss of sea ice and changing marine mammal migrations due to climate change while beautifying the shores and creating a sense of pride and ownership of forgotten public spaces by the local community and hundreds of thousands of visitors to Churchill.
Churchill is a special place, with a unique marine environment deserving of protection, and we look forward to enriching Churchill’s urban landscape with world-class public art.
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