This project was born from our desire to express artistically the human impact we experience every day. Our focus became the oceans, our hidden universe full of mysterious animals, mythical creatures, and incredible environments. This 44-meter long (144 feet) mural depicts three major current issues: Shark Fining, Contamination, Over-Fishing and the mysterious depths. Now permanently painted and located around the gardens of the High school Salesiano Don Bosco, in Zapote, San José, Costa Rica.
This comfortable space enabled us to freely express our ideas about these serious issues through our intent of creating consciousness though beauty for the younger generations.
This project was the first mural ever created by Veritas Exchange Students. As mural professor, my goal was to enable the student-artists to experiment and experience various techniques, a large artistic collaboration and the completion of this grand painting with a very powerful message. I am so thankful for their immense time, energy and enthusiasm spent in this pioneer project.
- Esteban Camacho
As a young artist and an environmentalist, i’m extremely proud to have my name on this mural and grateful for the time and experience of making it. To me, the degradation of the ocean by modern economic forces is more daunting and terrifying than it’s depths or the all-elusive giant squid. I love that this comparison has been painted and glued on the wall of a high school— so that future generations may be aware, and ideally enamored by life rather than phobic.
Even though my hours spent collecting and pasting plastic are over, my eye still catches on the wrappers I see lying on the streets in San Jose— I still feel this urge to pick it up, for it’s pretty color almost as much as for the fact that I know it’s making it’s way into the Earth’s water cycle. There is a need for more awareness and a need to change our behaviors and our systems. That is my message, and i’m happy to say it.
- Aly Tharp
What really matters in life? Do people matter? - Do animals? What about life in general? Or could it be increasing betterment of all conditions? Years ago there was not an awareness of the human impact on the environment as there is today, therefore our earth has been assaulted with chemicals, trash, overuse and abuse. Some creatures of our earth have been over hunted and therefore brought very nearly or all the way to extinction like our sharks of the sea or fishes of the ocean. With new education and a new realization these coming generations will stand out and speak out. We will be heard and we will alter the condition of life for the better.
As a part of the environmentally aware generation, we wanted to paint a mural that brought attention to the problems of the ocean, which we so very unknowingly rely on no matter were we live. There are many little pieces that make up this mural, but there are three very prominent parts that we must call attention to. First, are the hands which are hidden amongst the coral representing the human impact and presence in the ocean. They also represent the camouflaged tie that the entire human race has to nature and its balance. Second, are the sharks that bring attention to the inhuman hunting of sharks. Third is the central section of our mural. There is a giant swirl of plastic representing all the contamination in the ocean. The other section of our swirl contains netting, which represents societies search for more resources which are becoming more and more endangered by our own hands. The mermaid and nautilus stand for the ancient and new forces working together to restore our ocean and our world - to rid our lives of this pollution.
- Maxine Melber