Having spent four festivals covering Hawaii with fantastic street art and murals POW! WOW! returned to Asia (the first POW! WOW! was held in Hong Kong) for their inaugural Taiwan festival. Artists from around the globe joined local Taiwanese artists to create murals around Taipei including popular locations like the Taipei Zoo, Tugnan University, Songshan Cultural Park, Ximen and many others.
Through bouts of relentless rain and the humid, exasperating heat artists such as James Jean, Aaron De La Cruz, Madsteez, Apex, INSA, Rone, Sheryo, Yok, Woes, Skewville and Brendan Monroe fought the elements alongside local art legends Reach, Mr. Ogay, Colasa Seazk, Saym Dabs, Bobo and more to put up all kinds of gorgeous, stunning murals.
This Friday Polynesian Navigators with the Polynesian Voyaging Society will leave the coast of Hawaii on an epic, three year journey around the world using two canoes: the sacred canoe “Hokule’a" (Famed surfer Eddie Aikau was lost at sea trying to rescue the canoe when it capsized in the 1970s) and it’s sister canoe “Hikianalia.” Both will be navigated without the help of any modern technology, using only the sun, wind, stars and waves to guide them.
To commemorate and celebrate the final leg of this three part project artist Kamea Hadar, artists from the POW! WOW! School of Art and 808 Urban painted a breathtaking mural of Papa Mau Piailug - a Micronesian navigator who was known for his legendary ability to use the same techniques the navigators will be using on this journey.
Continue below to see more images (all photographs are by Mark Kushimi and Aaron Yoshino) of the mural and to also watch a short documentary directed by Vincent Ricafort, “The Talk of the Sea.” The beautiful video explains the history of the project:
Having been held in Hawaii for the past 4 years, Pow! Wow!’s growth has been phenomenal and now creator/curator Jasper Wong is looking to broaden the art celebration’s global reach with Pow! Wow! Taiwan! (Check out the trailer above.) The week long art event will have artists from around the world create murals around Taipei City from May 28th until June 3rd, 2014.
The line up features a fantastic list of artists: Aaron De La Cruz, Apex, Brendan Monroe, Bobo, Candy Bird, Cherng, Chou Yi, Colasa, CYH Jason, Dabs, Debe, Dzus, Easy, FlyFlyFly, Graphic Airlines, HANIBOI, INSA, James Jean, Jasper Wong, Jeff Hamada, Kleos, Kristen Farr, Kamea Hadar, Madsteez, Mr. Ogay, Reach, Rone, Saym, Seazk, Sheryo, Skewville, Smoky, Optimist, Will Barras, Woes Martin, Vita Yang, Xue, Yok, and Zishi plus many local Taipei artists. The week long event will include panel discussions, gallery events and parties. Supersonic will be covering the murals as they are created!
Artists in Hawaii for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 are hard at work on their murals in the week long art celebration. (Yes, that’s James Jean at the top - out of his hiding.) See more shots from Instagram below (Top: James Jean by mllekat, Norm by Martha Cooperman, Justin Park by Luckyolelo):
Yesterday saw artists participating in Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 beginning their murals. Above you can see Buffmonster and Nychos working on their mural; below them Hannah Stouffer beginning work on her and Andrew Schoultz’s mural. Check the jump for more images:
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