video by Marcus Oania
The 8th Funky Fish Town
Portland artists Blaine Fontana and Jeremy Nichols (aka Plastic Birdie) completed this massive mural in 8 days. It’s the largest SHINE mural of 2019 and required over 400 cans of spray paint.
This mural was created in collaboration with PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program. Sea Walls is PangeaSeed Foundation’s public art project that brings the ocean into the streets, educating and inspiring individuals and communities through ARTivism.
This mural and the Vitale Bros mural are the first two public art projects ever funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). The local NOAA Fisheries office initiated this project to highlight the importance of our local Florida fisheries and the agency’s work surrounding ecosystems management.
The artists designed the mural to look like a page out of a science book. It incorporates specific information about 7 of Florida’s vital local fisheries. Through NOAA regulation, they work in tandem to develop fisheries management practices to help prevent overfishing and native species eradication, to ensure healthy oceans. The mural also includes local marine species such a grouper, eels and coral.
The artists also participated in an all-day excursion to the fishing village of Cortez to be further educated on the issues facing our oceans. Cortez is home to a fourth-generation female-owned local fishery that plays a significant role in commercial Gulf fishing.