We are excited to welcome Esteban Camacho Steffensen as the next Artist at Sea Resident. Esteban will join researchers from Oregon State University, University of Oregon and Portland State University on the R/V Sally Ride. This is the second of 4 research trips with 2 more taking place next year.
Esteban, a dual national from Eugene, Oregon and San Jose, Costa Rica, is a visual artist who has collaborated with many communities in the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica and Europe to portray the beauty and significance of the natural world through the creation of public murals. For the last 14 years he has focused on ecological themed murals to explore their role in revitalizing urban spaces and communicating local values.
His first mural, completed in 2005, can be seen at the YMCA community swimming pool in Eugene, Oregon. Since then Esteban has produced over 40 murals committed to ecological awareness through the designs, the use of appropriate materials and an inclusive, interactive social process which has involved hundreds of people and students in generating new localized, public awareness of our ecological and cultural heritage. Click here to see more of Esteban's work.