June 8, is World Oceans Day and it came just perfect that the art collective of my neighborhood Artkademy had just repainted the walls for this season, giving me a perfect background to celebrate this day. This year’s theme according to the UN is “Our oceans, our future”, get informed here.
Graffiti by Korvo aka Korvuz Korax
World Oceans Day
One of my favorite people, Pablo Neruda, has celebrated the oceans better than anyone else. With a powerful poem about the greatness of the Ocean, because even if we have geographically separated them, it is, in fact, one body, he gives a powerful description of the oceans that we need to appreciate but also to fear.
The Wide Ocean – by Pablo Neruda
Ocean, if you were to give, a measure, a ferment, a fruit
of your gifts and destructions, into my hand,
I would choose your far-off repose, your contour of steel,
your vigilant spaces of air and darkness,
and the power of your white tongue,
that shatters and overthrows columns,
breaking them down to your proper purity.
Not the final breaker, heavy with brine,
that thunders onshore and creates
the silence of sand, that encircles the world,
but the inner spaces of force,
the naked power of the waters,
the immoveable solitude, brimming with lives.
It is Time perhaps, or the vessel filled
with all motion, pure Oneness,
that death cannot touch, the visceral green
of consuming totality.
Only a salt kiss remains of the drowned arm,
that lifts a spray: a humid scent,
of the damp flower, is left,
from the bodies of men. Your energies
form, in a trickle that is not spent,
form, in retreat into silence.
The falling wave,
arch of identity, shattering feathers,
is only spume when it clears,
and returns to its source, unconsumed.
Your whole force heads for its origin.
The husks that your load threshes,
are only the crushed, plundered, deliveries,
that your act of abundance expelled,
all those that take life from your branches.
Your form extends beyond breakers,
vibrant, and rhythmic, like the chest, cloaking
a single being, and its breathings,
that lift into the content of light,
plains raised above waves,
forming the naked surface of earth.
You fill your true self with your substance.
You overflow curve with silence.
The vessel trembles with your salt and sweetness,
the universal cavern of waters,
and nothing is lost from you, as it is
from the desolate crater, or the bay of a hill,
those empty heights, signs, scars,
guarding the wounded air.
Your petals throbbing against the Earth,
trembling your submarine harvests,
your menace thickening the smooth swell,
with pulsations and swarming of schools,
and only the thread of the net raises
the dead lightning of fish-scale,
one wounded millimeter, in the space
of your crystal completeness.
Around the World universities and ocean protection associations are celebrating this day to raise awareness about the major role the oceans have in everyday life. The invitation is extended to everyone of us. Companies have also jumped in to make their contribution.
La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund has been working for the past years on protecting ocean habitats by expanding Marine Protected Areas and empowering ongoing ocean conservation projects around the globe. This year’s project brings together artists, designers and culture makers around the World to create their own wave-inspired, charitable
work of art. These artworks can be found all around New York and will be auctioned off with all net proceeds going to ocean protection efforts. #LaMerWaveWalk
And like every year, a limited edition Creme de La Mer Creme de La Mer Blue Heart has been designed.