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Where Land Meets Sea



undefinedArtwork Title: Where Land Meets Sea

  • Location: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium – New Pacific Seas Aquarium
  • Selected Artist: Maria Jost
  • Installation Date: summer 2018
  • Budget: $5,000

Project Overview:

In June 2017, a selection committee chose Tacoma-based artist Maria Jost to create a mural that represents ocean life for the new Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The 6’ x 15’ mural reflects the theme Where Land Meets the Sea. Jost’s intention is to showcase the dreamy beauty of the Puget Sound intertidal zone through use of a stylized aesthetic, while also staying true to the biology and physiology of the flora and fauna. Jost worked closely with PDZA staff to ensure key species were represented realistically, painting each element in ink and watercolor before creating a digital collage to form the mural. This is the largest piece that Jost has completed to date, and is a perfect fit, marrying her work as an artist and science teacher.

Maria Jost is a Tacoma illustrator and former scientist who teaches at the Science and Math Institute, which shares a facility with Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Her whimsical yet calculated collage-drawings show a scientist’s take on nature’s beauty, most recently seen in her interactive “Sea Creature Scavenger Hunt” around West Seattle.