Hula paints a larger-than-life ice mural in the canadian arctic

Hula paints a larger-than-life ice mural in the canadian arctic

Hula, the pseudonym of hawaiian artist and muralist sean yoro, recently journeyed to baffin island in the territory of nunavut — a massive and sparsely populated area that forms most of the canadian arctic archipelago. the artist navigated the frigid waters for days in search of a piece of ice that would sustain the weight of himself and his team without cracking beneath them. these areas are greatly affected by climate change, and tides rise and fall intermittently throughout the day. finally, after hours of exploration, hula found the ice where he would paint a larger-than-lifeportrait of a local inuit woman. the artistic journey resulted in a short film documented by renan and taylor ozturk, and produced by camp4collectivetitled ‘what if you fly’. the piece offers an insightful and poignant look at the project’s progress, and the message that lies at its core. marking the most technical and remote location that hula has ever attempted a mural, nunavut’s local history and geography is explored, delving deep into heart of the inuit culture and community. the film also brings viewers a closer look at the artist’s own personality like we haven’t’ seen before, reflecting on his fears and faith as it relates to his practice and passions.

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