By definition, a mural exists in relation to its environment, and Sean Yoro’s (a.k.a Hula) are no different, in fact maybe more so. Not for him the abstract white cubed detachment of gallery work, he paints in the environment, specifically places where the tideline interacts with his work, at times revealing more, at times disguising.
He painted Ho’i Mai onto the side of a sinking ship balanced on a paddleboard at low tide. This follows in the tradition of graffiti artists aiming to throw their work up on the highest or most inaccessible places – Hula takes his work out to sea. Because of the interplay of the water the woman gradually disappears under the tideline, making the environment part of the work.