Where to Trade Beach Scenes for Street Art in Cancún

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Travelers love Cancún for its pristine turquoise waters and wide, white-sand beaches. But an ambitious new urban art project is giving visitors a reason to leave the beach behind. Colorful, large-scale public murals created by renowned Mexican and international street artists are popping up all over Cancún, turning this bustling resort town into a vibrant open-air art gallery.

Over the past two years, dozens of buildings in downtown Cancún and the hotel zone have been transformed into brilliant, powerful artistic displays inspired by the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Yucatán.

Many of these works were created under the initiative Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans, backed by the PangeaSeed Foundation, an international marine conservation organization whose focus is creating awareness of oceans though art. In 2016, PangeaSeed began collaborating with local groups to create a public arts program that would both rejuvenate buildings throughout Cancún while also highlighting a message of ecotourism and ocean conservation.

Top street artists volunteer their time to paint the ocean-themed murals; local Cancún artists as well as those from Mexico City, Guadalajara and from as far away as Austria and Brazil, have also taken part in the project.

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