Dock & Paddle Como Park
ARTIST: Nickyworks Studio
LOCATION: Dock & Paddle Como Park
SPONSOR: Logix Transportation, a subsidiary of Berger Moving & Storage
Be a Stud Puffin and protect our oceans
ARTIST MESSAGE: For some years I have created paintings of endangered and at-risk marine animals. Atlantic puffin populations are in decline because of declining herring populations. This is caused by factors such as overfishing and warming waters. Ideally, adult puffins feed herring to their chicks. But as a result of diminishing populations of these fish, a significant number of chicks are starving. There are no other fish that fit in puffin chick’s beaks and mouths as well as herring. I’d like very much for the public to be more aware of this issue and question the need for trawler fishing and for the over-reliance on lifestyles that lead to the warming of our planet.
LOCATION: CHS Field
Deep water can be scary, but pollution is scarier
ARTIST MESSAGE: Being from the Midwest, I feel it is easy for us to forget about our deep-water friends in the Pacific Ring of Fire, and off the coast of South Africa. This painting, through Sparky, brings awareness and familiarity to the deep.
Como Visitor Center
ARTIST: Christopher Straub
LOCATION: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Visitor Center
SPONSOR: McGough Construction
Keep the planet clean, it’s the only one we’ve got
ARTIST MESSAGE: This ribbon and floral motif is made to show that the land and sea are interconnected and we need to work to conserve both.
Cleveland Court at Como
ARTIST: Ashley Hay
LOCATION: Cleveland Court at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Whether fresh water or salt water, all marine life deserves a clean home
ARTIST MESSAGE: My concept was to have both local and ocean sea life displayed to show that local conservation efforts can tie in to make an impact on ocean conservation efforts.
Minnesota Children’s Museum
ARTIST: Geno Okok
LOCATION: Minnesota Children’s Museum
Ocean pollution is an over-whale-ming problem. Let’s fix it together
ARTIST MESSAGE: Even though whaling is outlawed in most countries, it is still a large issue around the world. Whales are an incredibly important part of the oceans ecosystem as they help to keep smaller animal populations in check.
ARTIST: Joan Porter-Einsman
LOCATION: City House
From the kelp to the fish, it is all important, and it all needs our help
ARTIST MESSAGE: I have developed my visual language over several years. My inspirations include nature and life itself. My design is a colorful Sparky with her companions, foods, environment needed for survival and a good life.
ARTIST: Charles Caldwell
LOCATION: Minnehaha Falls
Plastic: Out of the ocean and into the bin
ARTIST MESSAGE: Nothing is more beautiful and peaceful than stopping to watch a sunset. My goal with this piece was to remind people how wonderful sunsets over the ocean are and how important it is to keep our oceans clean to preserve that scene.
ARTIST: Josh Eller and Emma Gottschalk
LOCATION: RBC Gateway in Minneapolis
We need marine life just as much as it needs us
ARTIST MESSAGE: The design depicts sea life and harmony in the underwater ecosystem in contrast with the plants and animals slowly breaking down and disappearing. As the design wraps around the statue, the sea life gradually dissolves into abstract forms. We wanted to depict the beauty of the ocean alongside the consequences of not protecting it.
Science Museum of Minnesota
ARTIST: Emilee Lund
LOCATION: Science Museum of Minnesota
Our oceans are beautiful and teeming with life. It’s up to us to keep it that way
ARTIST MESSAGE: “This design showcases the different animals along the coast where sea lions migrate, while displaying the bright colors of the tide pools and reef below.”
ARTIST: Kat Chelstrom
LOCATION: Wellstone Center
Oceans are delicate and intricate. Preserving these ecosystems helps to preserve our way of life
ARTIST MESSAGE: Since ocean conservation, is rooted in the protection and preservation of ecosystems this design tries to capture some of those systems. The bright colors, side by side, represent the florescent colors making up the rainbow of the ocean floor. And since coral reefs play such a large part in the survival of the entire ecosystem, it was important to showcase. The swirling of the lines tracing the curves of the sea lion’s body are representative of the movement of the waters and the intricacies needed in its preservation.
Arlington Hills Community Center
ARTIST: Emily Klesel
LOCATION: Arlington Hills Community Center
The smallest creatures can play big parts. They are all important and they are all precious
ARTIST MESSAGE: My design idea consists of covering the Sparky statue with different species of marine invertebrates to show off the sheer biodiversity of an often overlooked but ecologically important kind of marine animal. I specifically wanted to include marine invertebrates that are of conservation concern or are facing some sort of anthropogenic threat (such as coral bleaching or starfish wasting syndrome). Each invertebrate is placed based on what depth they reside in.
Como Harbor at Como Zoo
ARTIST: Bryana Fleming
LOCATION: Como Harbor at Como Zoo
If we don’t do our part, who will?
This statue is on loan from the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco and in called “In Our Hands”.
Como Park Playground
ARTIST: Alexandra Motz
LOCATION: Como Park Playground in the West Picnic Grounds
Please keep the sea plastic free
ARTIST MESSAGE: An abstract piece depicting the bright vivid colors of reefs and the ocean’s wildlife.
Como Regional Park Pool
ARTIST: Jennifer Gravrok, PhD
LOCATION: Como Regional Park Pool
We depend on the oceans more than we know. It is on us to preserve it
ARTIST MESSAGE: Anthrozoology teaches us that humans and animals are intimately connected. This design contains a single continuous squiggle that intricately wraps around the body of the sea lion, never overlaps and always comes full circle, just like life. The childlike simplicity of the design and bright colors play tribute to the naïve nature of the natural world.