This week, February 6th through the 14th, artists from around the world are currently participating in POW! WOW! HAWAII! 2016. The week-long street art festival features gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, concerts and live art installations. The event also focuses on using art to bring communities together and the feeling of friendship, family and art is very much alive here in Kaka’ako, Honolulu.
The scenes above: Slinkachu’s miniatures continue to appear around Kaka’ako creating excitement and adventures to seek them out. Andrew Hem and Ekundayo continue to awe and inspire as they get closer to completing their collaborative mural. Felipe Pantone works on side two of his colorful, well executed mural. Edwin Ushiro entertains guests as he continues to progress on his stunning work. The NTL Cru wall begins to take shape as 5 of the 7 artists of the wall have begun their work. Christina Angelina begins her massive wall with beautiful, Hawaiian birds. Defer closing in on completing his crazily complex wall. James Jirat Patradoon gets to work with a large scale version of his electrically charged artwork. Hauser closing in on completing one of the best colored walls I’ve ever seen. Freddy Sam’s photorealistic wall taking shape.
All this Five Nights at Freddy’s stuff reminds me that the older, more ghetto Chuck-E-Cheese here in Austin is supposed to be haunted, so the legend goes. Supposedly, the place was previously a grocery store where a cashier hung himself, so naturally, the rumor was that the security guards caught the animatronics moving at night.
Ricky says of the work, “This mural deals with the inequality and hatred our world is absorbed in. Our history and present is full of apartheid, bias, bigotry, discrimination, one-sidedness, racialism, sectarianism, segregation and unfairness. When will we learn we are all just one? We cannot be human alone. Everything is connected , we are not just brothers and sisters, we are one and the same. I am you and you are me. The suffering of all and the joy of all belongs to all. When our flags fall our hearts will connect. May all be be happy and may all be free from suffering.”
The mural is located at 21st & Franklin / Broadway.