New York Aquarium 2017 Mural Competition

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The New York Aquarium is looking for the next great artist, and it could be you!

Calling all artists. As part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, it's our goal to protect our oceans and marine wildlife, especially in New York. So we're combining the creative atmosphere of Coney Island with the seascape in our own backyard.

We're choosing talented mural artists to leave their mark on historic Coney Island. This is your chance to transform the Education Hall Boardwalk wall and inspire people to protect our waters.

Located at Surf Avenue and West 8th Street in Brooklyn, NY, we're dividing the mural into three sections. Three winning concepts will be selected, one per section. The winning artist(s) will receive a $2,000 cash prize and the opportunity to design, paint, and install a mural that will be seen by millions.

This year, we're taking on plastic. The theme is the health of our oceans, and we want the mural to inspire people to reduce the amount of plastic that makes it's way to our oceans. More than eight million tons of it ends up in our rivers, streams and oceans. What can we do every day to decrease the use of plastics, and how can we improve our waters.

At this rate, oceans could contain more plastics than fish (by weight) by 2050*. It's up to us to act now and shape a better future.

We're excited to see what you come up with.

Please see the official rules here.

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*According to the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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