Posted in BlogMarch 14, 2013
The Pow Wow street art festival in Hawaii is in its third year running, and with Pow Wow #3 just gone, we’re here to check out whats been happening in the sunshine. In a festival built upon art, collaboration and the broader community; Pow Wow invites internationally known contemporary artists to paint the town red… And green, and blue, and pink, and yellow and, you get the picture.
Locals and street art lovers from afar congregate, to experience a unique insight into the process involved in making the work. From start to finish, the artists have an audience. In most instances we will only see art when it is at its final stage: ready to present – in a frame, on a wall, in a gallery and so on. A great deal can be seen in the process and techniques that go into the work – any artists out there will know exactly what I’m talking about!
“One unique aspect of Pow Wow is collaboration,” said co-founder Kamea Hadar. “You’ll have five artists working on one wall. … The artists create something as a whole.”
This year, Pow Wow has got big, with over 100 local and international artists involved. Returning international artists include Suitman (Hong Kong), Meggs, Rone and Phibs (Australia) and Peap Tarr (Cambodia). Returning local artists include Prime, Ckaweeks, Solomon Enos, Angry Woebots and Ekundayo.
Not only has Pow Wow brought art and creativity to the town of Kaka’ako, it has also done wonders for the community. Here at Endoftheline we are impressed by the welcoming nature the surrounding area has offered in response to Pow Wow. The state, private landowners, locals and businesses have all embraced the project – some allowing the use of their walls for painting. Overall, the ‘street art festival’ is growing – let’s hope we see these popping up all over the place!
Visiting artist: Rone (Melbourne)
Visiting artist: Askew (New Zealand)
Visiting artist: Sam Rodriguez (San Jose)
Local artist Kamea Hadar (Hawaii) and Rone (New Zealand)