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.
Hula said about their special artworks.
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.
French designer and illustrator Mlle Hipolyte builds complex sculptures from vibrantly colourful paper. Her latest tree-dimensional work is inspired by coral reefs; the sculpture titled Coralium, which is almost one metre tall and 3 metres wide, was built using various techniques. The purpose of the work is to highlight the increasing fragility of the marine ecosystem caused by climate change.
British illustrator Mat Miller has produced a piece of art for the PangeaSeed Foundation to highlight the challenges that the oceans face today. His piece, entitled Equilibrium, was published in the foundation’s latest publication, with the aim of focusing attention on the vulnerability of the oceanic ecosystem and the rapid extinction of marine species.
The ocean is the greatest inspiration for New Zealand artist Ben Young: he has been making stunning glass sculptures that offer a new perspective on the beauty of massive bodies of water for 15 years. He grew up in the Bay of Plenty on the northern coast of New Zealand, and has been captivated by the clear blues of the ocean since his childhood.
Portuguese surfer Johny Vieira has been inspired by ocean waves and the eerie shapes of beached driftwood. Along with his surfing, he began to make sculptures using pieces of driftwood, and his pieces are closely connected to nature and the majestic ocean.
Australian photographer Matt Burgess spends hours in the salty sea to capture the diverse forms and textures of waves and to grasp the capricious moods of the ocean. He documents the hypnotic moments when waves reach their crests, or when they curl around as they hit the shallow seabed by the shore.
World champion freediver Guillaume Néry has produced a short film entitled One Breath Around the World, in which he presents the astonishing world hidden deep in the oceans on a single breath.
The unique stamp issued on the occasion of the Budapest Water Summit 2019, have been released by Mr János Áder, President of Hungary and Mr György Schamschula, CEO of Magyar Posta Zrt. (Hungarian Post) on Monday, October 7th, at the Sándor Palace in Budapest.
It is no accident that Christine Ren decided to call herself The Underwater Woman: she combines her passion for dancing with ocean conservation, so she poses her dance moves under the surface for breathtaking photos such as the pieces in the series Protect What’s Precious, which protests trawling.
British multimedia artist Rowan Mersh finds inspiration in nature. He uses thousands of shells to create his mesmerizing contemporary sculptures. His experimental approach inspires him to turn everyday objects into works of art, with particular attention to the harmony of shape, colour and geometry.
The ethereal paintings of Bree Brooks celebrate the calm, peaceful aspect, the unearthly beauty of the ocean. The canvas paintings show large bodies of water from a bird’s eye perspective, interrupted by the coastline or boats swaying in the ocean.