Island Art of the Seacology Office (Part I): Masks
One of Ellen's recent blog entries, containing a photo of a Balinese dancer that hangs in our office, inspired me to photograph more of our incredible office artwork to share. I decided to start with the masks (my favorites), which have hung in a spot advantageous for me to view ever since I started working for Seacology - both at our old office and at the new.
This mask is a traditional Kolam (folk theatre) mask from Sri Lanka. Seacology's work in Sri Lanka has focused on conserving and protecting mangrove forests. We have helped fund the construction of a mangrove resource center, including a store selling local handicrafts to help provide a livelihood for young women, and have helped to plant thousands of mangrove seedlings around Kiralakele, in the Hambantota district of southern Sri Lanka.
These masks are from the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. The projects that Seacology has funded in PNG are varied. We have built schools, community centers, a footbridge, supplied mooring buoys and demarcation signposts and supported village farming projects all in exchange for the protection of several hundred thousand acres of forest and marine reserves.
This mask is a traditional Barong Monkey Dance Mask from Bali, Indonesia. In Bali, Seacology has helped fund the construction of a wastewater garden at Tirtagangga, a palace built in
1948 by the last king of Karangasem and one of Bali's most beautiful
sites. We have also funded a community music/dance building in Sarinbuana Village - recently completed and visited by a group of Seacology board members and supporters - in exchange for the creation of a 1,975-acre permanent no-take rainforest reserve.
Believe me, there is a lot more to share with you! I will continue showcasing the island artwork of the Seacology office in future blog entries.