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HULA PAINTS A FLOATING FEMALE ON A SUNKEN SHIP IN HAWAII WHILE SURFING

by Ariadna Zierold

HULA, SUNKEN SHIP, HO I MAI, SEAN YORO

After finding an old sunken ship off the hawaiian coast, artist Sean Yoro, aka Hula, intended to reconsider the dilapidated, vacant vessel as a permanent aquatic artwork.

HULA, SUNKEN SHIP, HO I MAI, SEAN YORO

Looking at the way the tide crept in and out daily, with the boat emerging from and sinking back into the water throughout the day, Hula worked from the surface of a paddleboard to paint  ‘ho’i mai’ (or ‘come back’) onto the rusty surface of the ship. A hyper-realistic portrait of a half-submerged female figure reaches out from beneath the ocean’s edge, her hand casually pointing upwards towards the landscape.

HULA, SUNKEN SHIP, HO I MAI, SEAN YORO

While the woman’s face is visible on the boat’s façade, her body is mostly hidden under the water. The perfect placement for her to appear as if she is serenely floating in the surrounding abyss.

HULA, SUNKEN SHIP, HO I MAI, SEAN YORO