224/2011 save me!

224/2011 save me!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

For a few weeks I’ve been spotting colourful seal statues around town. It is an environmental arts project, part of the European Capital of Culture year.

Artist Stefan Lindfors designed the fibre glass seal statue, and then they were given to 40 different artists to paint and decorate. Once completed, they were taken to different locations – in front of public buildings, in parks, in malls etc.

The purpose is to promote the protection of the Baltic Sea, where the seals have not been doing too well recently. Each seal is numbered, and has a little info board, drawing attention to what each individual could do to save the endangered sea environment. The statues will stay in place till the end of September when they will be auctioned, and the money, of course, will be donated to environmental causes.

Good idea but already some of these art pieces have been vandalised and ruined – most likely by irresponsible youngsters. So sad!

Here is my set of pictures of the different seals.

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