Art has a way of communicating that transcends languages and cultures. ARTivism on behalf of sharks and changing how they're depicted is what inspired this mural created by Lo Lesya (website).
In unison with Corona (the beer company), Connor Trimble (producer), Madison Stewart and Project Hiu, the dream to have a work of art visible to local Indonesians in Kuta Lombok and tourists alike inspired this project. The team found the perfect location at Segar Beach, a popular spot to catch sunset. This is what the coordinates are on the t-shirt paying homage to the location, with the outline being the beloved island of Lombok.
The beautiful mural painted by Lo was inspired by a sense of cyclical connection and how everything is connected, which is why the sharks are in a circle. Hammerheads and sharks, in general, are often depicted as being fierce, angry and mean which is false, thanks Jaws.... The flowers along with the pointillism, or thousands of small precise dots together show the sharks in a more delicate light. On the mural in person, it says "jagalah laut kita" which means take care of our sea.
JOIN THE CREW - (WHAT SIDE OF HISTORY WILL YOU BE ON?)
Many shark fishermen in Indonesia depend on extremely volatile and dangerous income streams to provide for their families and loved ones. Today fishermen are forced to travel further and in some cases in illegal water to seek more prosperous grounds, this new threat of prosecution can be combated. By joining The Crew you will be assisting in the investment and acquisition of new 'sustainable income assets' such as; tourism, waste management programs, early learning to better equip the next generation for changing times and finally supporting the community during this transition by suppling food, clean water and any other financial burdens and malnourished necessities incurred from a history of volatile fishing and marine exploitation.
WHAT ARE WE INVESTING IN? (YOUR IMPACT)
1) A sustainable tourism program, that allows local fishermen to acquire and re-purpose their assets (boats, crew, knowledge, rich biodiversity) to build new independent income streams.
2) Currently locals have no waste initiative or infrastructure in place, resulting in (HIGH) threats of disease and sickness. Our Crew are investing in waste management programs that employ ex-shark fishermen to collect, recycle and transport waste opposed to entering and being dumped in our oceans. We are also building the first 'toilet block' on the island.
3) Early learning; our crew are investing in a new preschool re-build and learning equipment and curriculums to better prepare future generation for change.
4) During Covid-19 transition has been difficult, by supporting, your allocation of funds will also go toward basic supplies like food (rice, noodles) that are deposited monthly to our community.
100% organic combed cotton (marles 15% viscose)
Quality cotton grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides - GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified
Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
Without an apex predator, i.e. sharks a marine ecosystem cannot sustain healthy balance and therefore results in disease spread and infection through fish populations, this inevitably transcends onto land and into our communities a loved ones.
- The cost to prevent one shark from being finned is $7.70 AUD
- The average wage for a shark fishermen is $200 AUD per month or $50 per week
- A estimated 100,000,000 sharks are killed annually