It's finally here!

We are thrilled to share with you an inventive, inspirational series of immersive art experiences created by artist Jessica Ling Findley: Ocean Optimism - Art Interpreting Science. This series is timed to coincide with the prestigious Ocean Sciences Meeting between February 16 - 21. Please come visit throughout the week and join us, with a guest, for an opening reception on Sunday, February 16th at 1:30pm.

About a year ago, SLP Urban Planning started exploring ways to engage world renowned scientists in town for the prestigious Ocean Sciences Meeting, together with Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

‘The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger ocean-connected community. As we approach the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, beginning in 2021, it is increasingly important to gather as a scientific community to raise awareness of the truly global dimension of the ocean, address environmental challenges, and set forth on a path towards a resilient planet.’ - OSM.

Why Ocean Optimism: 

As ocean vitality becomes more critical with the changing climate, these works explore how stories of Ocean Optimism can inspire us all to work together for a sustainable future and invite audiences to think about the future of our oceans in new and creative ways. 

SLP Urban Planning manages the interim activation at Seaport Village, a series of interventions that work to transform the village through site enhancements, and activations, that bring life to the site in the near term while testing ideas for the future of the waterfront. Given the scale and meandering pathways within Seaport Village, we’ve been interested in creating immersive and experiential art installations, informed by the success of Wonderspaces in San Diego, among others. The Ocean Optimism series resulted from a close collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Jessica Ling Findley and leverages Seaport Village’s unique ties to the water and San Diego’s role as a hub for Ocean Science and innovation.

Behind the Scenes:

For a ‘behind the scenes’ look with Jessica Ling Findley, Jules Jaffe (a research oceanographer with the Marine Physical Laboratory  at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego) and me, produced by my son, Cole Pennington, check out this video

Podcast Series: 

Subscribe to Seaport Sessions on iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts. In Episode #10, Jessica introduces the Braving the High Seas Podcast, which features conversations between scientists and students regarding Climate Change.

Gratitude Campaign:

I know Climate Change is important to you like it is to us and it’s something we don’t take lightly. We believe that tiny actions can have mighty impacts and we’d like to thank you for yours. Whether you visit us with your entourage or share our event online, we’d like to say thanks! Throughout March, we will be highlighting various individuals and organizations for the amazing work they’re doing on our social channels and we’d love to add your name to that list! Here's what you can do:

Post about it!
  • Please share the event with others in your network via Social Media. Below is an image you can share. Please use attached tags and hashtags so we don't miss you!
Visit us!
  • This Sunday, Feb 16th is a great day to experience the live Climate Clash wrestling match and also check out more of the experiences our artist Jessica has created for you!
Bring someone!
  • This is a great event to wander around and find those perfect "instagram-able" moments with your kids, friends, and family!
We feature You!
  • We will show you some love via our Gratitude Campaign on our social channels – we want to show our appreciation and give you an opportunity to shine!
Please use the hashtags: #oceanoptimism2020 #tinymademighty #thisishowicare
Please tag us at: @seaportvillage @portofsandiego @scripps_ocean @slpurbanplanning

Where to go:

Here's your on-site guide to event locations. We'll see you there!


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