Street Art on the Caribbean island of Bimini

Bimini Street Art

When I think of street art, I associate it with joie de vivre, letting off steam creatively, but also the opportunity to engage constructively with challenging topics. On the small Bahamian island of North Bimini, you’ll find some interesting murals thanks to an unusual initiative and cooperation. Find out why, which artists are behind them and where you can find them in this blog post.

Bimini and its path to the colourful street art murals

You know that I’m not a big fan of conventional cruises. They often cause ecological and economic damage to the places where they dock which is irreparable. However, let’s leave aside how such cruises make sense or not so much sense.

Because if it wasn’t for Virgin Voyages, the streets of North Bimini would probably not be covered in colourful art today. The locals worried – and rightly so – that large cruise ships would overrun their small island. So, together with the cruise line and the international Sea Walls – Artists for Oceans initiative, a creative solution was put together.

To date, Artivism has already created over 450 murals worldwide, which are intended to draw attention to (super)vital issues relating to the oceans. This initiative began in Sri Lanka in 2013 and has since grown steadily and gained international significance.

More about Bimini? Read about the wild dolphins that live in the waters around the island.

Sea Walls in Bimini

As a result, six murals by national and international artists were realised on Bimini at the end of 2021, which have a strong connection to the ocean and draw attention to the key role of the sea.

The aim was also to emphasise the uniqueness of the island in the artworks and to address environmental issues such as marine pollution. It is intended to inspire people to reflect and at the same time brighten up the island with colours and ideas.

The concepts for the creative realisation were developed in close collaboration between artists and locals until they became reality. Curious?

Sea Walls Bimini Map

Mural #1 Protect What Yinna Love

πŸ“Œ Right next to the ferry terminal to South Bimini

This mural was created by Bahamian artist Angelika Wallace-Whitfield. Her artwork draws attention to global plastic pollution. According to estimates, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050. The extinction of species will also make the oceans less resistant to climate change and ecosystems unstable.

Find out more about Angelika’s mural here.

Mural #2 The Jewel

πŸ“Œ On the road to Radio Beach

The mural “The Jewel” was created by Amanda Bowers, a Hawaiian artist from Haiku on Maui. The bonefish depicted in the artwork is popular with sport fishermen in the Bahamas and is usually released again after the catch. The dark blue of the artwork is intended to contrast with the bright colours of Bimini and ensure peace and tranquillity for the inhabitants.

Find out more about Amanda’s mural here.

Mural #3 Synergy

πŸ“Œ Bimini Prime School

Nicole Salgar, the artist behind this mural, is part of the Miami-based artist duo NS/CB. With her artwork, she wants to draw attention to the problem of the increasing acidity of our oceans, which leads to the threat and bleaching of coral reefs. The colourful reef of the artwork and the hand depicted are intended to draw attention to the symbiotic relationship between humans and the sea and to call for action against the progressive bleaching of coral reefs.

Find out more about Nicole’s mural here.

Mural #4 Sea Capsule

πŸ“Œ Basketballfeld Naj’s Field (not directly visible from the Queen’s Highway)

The Cuban artist duo Tratos, who are also based in Miami, are the creators of the Sea Capsule mural. The artwork aims to draw attention to endangered species, such as hammerhead sharks and manta rays, which seek refuge in the protected waters of Bimini. As a commercial by-catch, sharks are processed into animal feed or sold as a delicacy. Sharks in particular are an essential part of the marine ecosystem, which makes their protection even more important.

Find out more about Trato’s mural here.

Mural #5 We Dance Between Land and Sea

πŸ“Œ On Queen’s Highway between Admirals and Charlie’s Bakery

The Jamaican artist Taj Tenfold is creative behind this vibrant work of art. The depicted mangroves, which have adapted perfectly to the salt water of tropical coastal regions, are intended to symbolise the adaptability of the Bahamas. The Bahamian Junkanoo dancer portrayed is intended to pick up on the connection between land and ocean and show the strong community spirit of Bimini.

Find out more about Taj’s mural here.

Mural #6 Queen Conch

πŸ“Œ Where the King’s Highway turns into the Queen’s Highway, near the I 95 Bar N Grill

The Hawaiian artist Kai Kaulukukui was inspired by the variety of colours in Hawaii from an early age and has dedicated himself to murals. The Queen Conch depicted is an endangered species of snail from the Caribbean islands and is nevertheless sold to tourists. Kai Kaulukukui is also one of the organisers behind the Sea Walls – Artists for Oceans project and is trying to raise global awareness of the threat to the oceans.

Find out more about Kai’s mural here.

Street Art, but different: Dolphin House

πŸ“Œ Saunders Street

Bimini would be the same without the iconic Dolphin House. In 1993, historian, artist and author Ashley Saunders started his project, which reflects his love and intimate relationship with the sea. Since then, he has been transforming his house step by step into a kind of palace of the oceans. Wherever you look, everything is covered and decorated with mosaics, pieces of glass and other components washed up by the sea. He works on his masterpiece every day and is happy to let visitors enter in exchange for a fee to show them around.

He is currently also working on creating a flat so that guests can stay overnight directly in the Dolphin House.

Tip: The view from the roof of Dolphin House is probably the best on the whole island.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bahamas Tourist Board for their support in making this trip possible.

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At Chronic Wanderlust, I write about my two great passions: travelling and diving – and have been doing so since 2013.

I usually spend a solid majority of the year travelling to experience extraordinary underwater adventures, taking road trips through countries I don’t know (yet) or exploring my home country of Austria.

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