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Hawaiian twins use melting glaciers and the depth of the ocean as canvases

Hawaii, their home, has taught Sean “Hula” Yoro and his twin brother Kapu not only to surf but also to love nature. Their breathtaking art projects call attention to important environmental problems such as the destruction of coral reefs or the melting of glaciers.

The brothers have formed the Kapu Collective, in which they combine photography and street art to create novel, innovative arts projects.

The duo often set out on daring adventures, creating their works in unusual locations and environments: they paint portraits on the walls of harbours and dams as well as on natural formations so as to emphasise the variability of the landscape, intended to focus attention on local problems.

The brothers are guided by the principle of “Malama”; the shared Hawaiian value of protecting or taking care of nature. Hula usually creates his paintings on natural surfaces, such as icebergs or forest trees, where the images are quickly destroyed by melting or the forces of nature, creating a sense or urgency in the viewer, while Kapu records the process in photos and videos.

“The idea of my art not lasting adds another depth to the message and
feels more real,”

Hula said about their special artworks.

Photos: www.kapucollective.com

In their project entitled Deep Seads, they tested the physical limits of the artist and art to increase awareness of the struggle to save Earth’s coral reefs. Hula dove to the bottom of the ocean and used slabs of concrete to build artificial reefs, and then used eco-friendly pigment sticks to create street art pieces on them – by today, many thousands of marine organisms have made those installations their home.

In their A’o ’Ana project, they painted striking images on freshly fragmented pieces of ice to highlight the difficult problem of melting glaciers.

Photos: www.kapucollective.com
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