I had an incredible experience in Finland! This is the main project I went for supported by Street Art Vantaa, the City of Vantaa and Marjatta-Saatio. The mural was on a retirement home building and it was such an awesome experience to meet everyone in the community - even if I couldn't communicate with them! Thanks to everyone in the community for your kind words and the food/drinks given to me while working, I really felt the warmth and kindness from the people there!
The mural was inspired by the successful efforts that are saving the Saimaa ringed seal. Thanks to decades of conservation efforts, the seal population has gradually risen from 150 to 360 individuals.
“The Saimaa ringed seal remains highly endangered,” says Tolvanen. “The official interim goal is 400 seals by the year 2025. Then extinction would no longer be an immediate threat, but even that is in no way adequate.”
- Tiina Suomalainen
Read more: Finland.fi - Still saving Finlands Saimaa Ringed Seal
I am excited to share my first mural painted in Finland! Inspired by the actions that increased the Saimaa seal population from 150 to 360. Thanks to Street Art Vantaa for the amazing opportunity!