Marine artist Carlos Hiller created an unusual three-dimensional work Tuesday to raise awareness of a campaign to help rangers at Isla del Coco.
The campaign is Todos a Bordo, and the goal is to raise enough money to purchase a patrol boat so park guards can confront poachers at the distant national park in the Pacific.
Hiller, an Argentinean by birth, is a naturalized Costa Rican and has lived here for more than 20 years. The bulk of his works relate to the oceans and to the Isla del Coco.
He invited the public to the Plaza de la Cultura to watch while he created the unusual work that seems to pop out of the flat surface. Naturally, the work depicts an ocean scene with a whale, dolphin, schooling hammerheads and a manta ray.
The campaign has support from a number of organizations and firms, including Grupo Omega, Teletica, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad’s Kölbi brand and the Fundación Amigos de la Isla del Coco.
The name of the campaign translates to “Everyone on Board” in English. The idea is that everyone can make a donation via the Kölbi cell telephone network. Those wishing to do so can send the word Barco to 7717 to donate 500 colons or 7718 to donate 1,000 colons.
Expats wishing to donate more can contact the foundation directly via its Web site.