What we put on our walls speaks not only to our own personal taste but speaks out to others on what is important to us. It can spark conversation, inspire our guests, and encourage them in their everyday lives. Seeing larger than life art every day is incredibly impactful and inspires action in those who view it.
A fantastic example of this is the SeaWalls Churchill project, where 18 artists from around the world gathered together in the small town of Churchill Manitoba to paint wall murals all around town to inspire the protection of our antics ocean, and also help bring awareness of Churchill’s isolation problems and encourage the Canadian government to take action.
Many of us in Canada have by now heard of how last year the small Northern Manitoba town of Churchill was cut off from the rest of the country when their railway was damaged due to the strong blizzards and flooding over previous years. Their story reached headlines as the government and railways owners seemed to be doing very little to fix the problem and reconnect the small town and those who lived in it to the much-needed resources they needed. Since last November (2018) however, the railways has been operational after the desperate repairs were made.
In the thick of this crisis, one artist named Kal Barteski came together with the Pangea Seed Foundation to form the SeaWall Churchill art project. Which gathered artists from around the world to the rural community to design and paint murals in the hopes of raising awareness for the town and inspire its residents. Helping lift the residents of Churchill up during this time of crisis, with murals depicting their unique landscape, history, and culture.