Fintan Magee, Puerto Rico, and Rising Sea Levels

Fintan Magee chose this water tower shape to feature a local San Juan boy carrying an iceberg – while the water levels rise and flood his world. Perhaps he is remarking on the fact that we are burdening the next generation of people with a host of ecological disasters to carry on their backs.

The Australian artist has been merging his graffiti practice and studio practice on the streets in large murals in recent years and often he uses the opportunity to speak to social and environmental ills, many on a global scale.

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

For the 6th edition of the Santurce es Ley Festival, Magee addresses rising sea levels due to climate change and asks passersby to envision the coasts of world being re-defined and imagine the hardship it may incur. “Despite the low C02 emissions of small island states in the Caribbean,” he explains on his Facebook page, “rising sea levels, increasing natural disasters and other affects of climate change are a huge threat to the small nations who’s economies are dependant on fishing, tourism and agriculture.”

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

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Fintan Magee for Santurce Is Ley 6. Puerto Rico February 2016. (photo © TotsFilms)

 

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