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Artist Paints Striking Murals on Sides of Icebergs to Warn About Climate Change

Sean Yoro (aka Hula) has recently stepped on his infamous paddle board to paint more stunning human portraits in unusual places. Although his previous murals have been created in warm weather, the New York City-based artist has since ventured to much colder lands: a glacier in North America. The larger-than-life works–produced using oil paint on mounted acrylic sheet–feature Hula's signature side-view profile as it bobs in and out of the water. In addition, he painted a half-open hand extending its fingers towards the surrounding icebergs. Both works are utterly striking against the frigid, barren landscape.

Hula calls his series A'o ‘Ana (translation: The Warning), and this artistic alert is directly related to climate change. “In the short time I was there [at the glacier], I witnessed the extreme melting rate first hand as the sound of ice cracking was a constant background noise while painting,” he explained on his website. “Within a few weeks these murals will be forever gone, but for those who find them, I hope they ignite a sense of urgency, as they represent the millions of people in need of our help who are already being affected from the rising sea levels of Climate Change.”

Hula: Website | Instagram | Facebook
via [This Isn't Happiness, Street Art News]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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