I was honoured to have been asked to design a large banner & posters for the 47th year anniversary of the Penn Cove Orca Captures held at Palace Entertainment, California. It is a cause close to my heart so I was more than willing to donate my work and to feel that a small piece of me was present on this important day.
On August 8, 2017, Peggy Oki (Skateboarding Hall of Fame, surfer, artist and environmental activist) hand delivered 7,941 letters in to the headquarters of Palace Entertainment asking that Lolita be retired back to where she was captured. Peggy was also joined by Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult) and a compassionate group of people who want to see Lolita returned to her rightful home.
Lolita’s mother, Ocean Sun, still resides in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. To this day Lolita uses calls that match those of Ocean Sun’s pod, though she hasn’t seen another Orca in over thirty years. Experts believe that they have all the tools necessary to facilitate Lolita’s transition from captivity back to the wild. The goal is to reunite Lolita with her pod, but Palace Entertainment and Parques Reunidos refuse to acknowledge the brutal realities of Lolita’s life. The companies that own the Miami Seaquarium have not agreed to release Lolita from her imprisonment.