In January 2020 we were lucky enough to travel to Costa Rica where conservation of our planet is high on the agenda. Lying along its south-western coast is the Osa Peninsula, a tiny strip of land measuring just 35 miles long and 20 miles wide and covered in magnificent, unspoiled rainforest. The Osa Peninsula is itself home to half of all the species in Costa Rica, that's a staggering 2.5% of the entire biodiversity of the planet, living on a mere 0.00000085% of the earth's total surface area. It is heaven on earth.
This patch of Costa Rica's last remaining tropical humid rainforest embraces a complex system of freshwater and marine systems; there are 13 major ecosystems, encompassing mangroves, sandy beaches and elevated primary forests.
There are over 700 species of trees, 117 species of reptiles and amphibians, 365 species of birds and over 120 species of mammals, (all with varying degrees of endemism). Its forests are home to endangered species such as Baird's tapir, the white-lipped peccary, the American crocodile, the harpy eagle and the Central American squirrel monkey.
It's a place where jaguars still roam the jungles, scarlet macaws fly freely everywhere and the enormous humpbacked whales swim close to its shores. The Osa Peninsula holds possibly the highest natural diversity on the planet, inspiring The National Geographic magazine to describe it as "the most biologically intense place on earth". Yet sadly, like the majority of the world's most delicate ecosystems it is under threat. In addition to the challenges posed by climate change, there are also the added threats of poaching and unregulated construction in an area that lacks adequate infrastructure to deal with the resultant rubbish, wastewater and sewage.
The good news for its future is that it also home to an active and committed community who work tirelessly to counter the negative effects of human impact. In addition to the establishment of recycling programmes and supporting the role of local producers, the Osa community also provides strong opposition to any proposals that might cause further damage to this fragile ecosystem.
As Covid and national politics has taken over in 2020 we wanted to bring focus back to our planet. PURA VIDA is a Costa Rican expression meaning pure life/ good vibes. Lets use colour and posivity to bring our own good vibes into this exhibition, sending a message to save our planet and to end this challenging year on a high.
10% of art sales from this exhibition donated to www.osaecology.org