ARTIST: Aiyana Beaulieu
LOCATION: Harriet Island
Ocean conservation is a way of life and sustainability is the only way through
ARTIST MESSAGE: This design features the Pacific Northwest Indigenous formline art, using the traditional colors of red, green-ish blue and black. I choose this design to highlight the way of life of indigenous communities across the world that reflect sustainability. Particularly in the Pacific Northwest Coast and the efforts of tribes there that have been utilizing practices to help marine life and sustain the waters for generations. Within conservation indigenous voices are not always heard, but as the original stewards of the land it’s crucial to recognize traditional knowledge within protecting and preserving the waters. Sparky’s back features an abstract water flow with silhouettes of fish, representing the free flow of salmon, a very important part of the ecosystems of both fresh and salt water as well as the vital importance of clean waters. Many communities rely on the oceans; we must take care of them as they give so much to us.