Dave Kinsey (featured) was one of the names we were looking forward to seeing in this year’s edition of the massive POW! WOW! Hawaii festival. Even though he arrived a few days later than planned and the tropical weather wasn’t on his side, he managed to finish this huge mural after two long days of painting. Being especially intrigued by the shrine like shape of the wall, his piece is inspired by the constant battle between civilization and nature of Hawaii. The majestic tree in the middle of the image is rising from the ground, surrounded with striped orange & red lava flows on the volcanic islands, both symbolizing the wild nature of the area. The red circle in the background, symbolizes Japan and the influence that tourism and focused development has had on this tropical paradise. The abstract elements included just add the energy and tension to this mural with nicely contrasting colors.

Photos credit: saL.
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