See world-renowned street artist painting live at the NMA this bank holiday weekend – creating a mural designed to inspire conversation about our Ocean

24th May 2019

We’ve teamed up with a world-famous street artist to inspire conversation about our Ocean ahead of World Oceans Day 2019 – and this weekend, you’ll be able to watch him painting live as he transforms an exterior wall of the NMA!

Environmental artist Louis Masai will be creating an impactful mural over the bank holiday weekend, designed to highlight some of the crucial conservation issues facing our Ocean and serving as a reminder that we can all be a part of the solution

Using his work as a means of highlighting issues including climate change, species and habitat loss, the artist’s latest piece will support the NMA’s mission of connecting people with our Ocean, reminding them of the influence we have on our Ocean, as well as its influence on our daily lives.

Louis says: “I am passionate about the environmental issues facing our planet and in particular, our Ocean, and through my art, I aim to provide a voice for the unspoken, inspiring and encouraging conversations to happen between everyday people about this really important subject.

“My subject matter focuses on animals but always strives to find a human reference to juxtapose an element that might not be previously obvious, to really highlight that human – nature connection. I want to get people thinking and talking about climate change, as it’s conversations that ultimately lead to positive change, and if the painting I’m working on for the National Marine Aquarium can make one person stop and think about it and consider the changes they can make in their own life to lessen the impact, then I will be happy.”

Roger Maslin, CEO at the National Marine Aquarium, said: “As an Ocean conservation charity, we wanted to highlight some of the key conservation issues currently facing our Ocean and communicate the fact that we can all be a part of the solution, and we’re delighted to be working with Louis, who is helping us to do that in a unique and impactful way. There is a lot of concern around the state of the environment at the moment, particularly the Ocean, but we want to show people that it’s not too late, and we can all do something to help.

“Many people don’t realise that every second breathe we take comes from oxygen provided by the Ocean, or that the Ocean has such an impact on things like weather and climate. We are all inextricably linked with it, and it’s for this reason that we should all do our bit to protect it.

“At the National Marine Aquarium, we’ve been working hard over our 21-year history to connect as many people with the Ocean as we can, and that can be done in a variety of different ways. Whether it’s getting them to spend time in, on or near the Ocean, or through expressive mediums such as dance or art. It has been proven that connecting people in such away inspires a love for the Ocean that encourages them to want to take care of it, and that is our ultimate goal.”

In 2016, Louis toured the states with his project, “The Art Of Beeing”, painting over 20 murals of species under threat in 12 cities across nine states in just two months. With nearly one in four mammals under threat in the USA, from the grey wolf to the manatee, ‘The Art of Beeing’ highlighted local species at risk and the urgent need to act on climate change and the environment. The tour was supported by a series of mini documentaries.

“My recent documentation of endangered creatures and raising awareness of statistics has attracted a great deal of attention, and as an artist, I definitely see the power of visual language”, he says.

“I’m enjoying using that power via my murals and the modern world of social networking, and my latest work, at the National Marine Aquarium, aims to support the important messages they work hard to communicate as an Ocean conservation charity to inspire positive, pro-Ocean behaviour change.”

If you’d like to see Louis in action as he creates an Ocean-themed masterpiece, join us from Friday, 24th – Monday 27th June here at the National Marine Aquarium.

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