You never know where or when inspiration can strike. Artist Hilton Alves knows this first hand.
"I was driving one time here on Waiakamilo, me and my wife Jessica. I was zoned out in traffic and I looked and I said--look at that canvas--and she said are you crazy?!"
The ‘canvas' Alves was looking at was a five story high wall of a building facing Waiakamilo Road near Nimitz.
The Brazilian knew what he wanted to do, so he partnered with Brian Wyland of HaWyland Styles Gallery to create the world's largest surf wave mural.
"The goal was to bring Pipeline, the north shore, to the south shore of Oahu" said Alves.
Added Wyland, "It's just really to show people the beauty of the ocean and help people to get inspired to preserve it and look out for it".
Nearly six months of planning and permitting laid the groundwork. All the supplies were donated, including the 150 gallons of paint being used to create the peeling barrel.
"We've been going through the pain pretty fast. I'm pretty sure we're going to use all 150" said Wyland.
The painting began Sunday, and will conclude Saturday.
"We have cars waving to us when we're there painting ...You know, good job guys" said Alves of the people who have already seen the work in progress.
He accepts the motivation, and knows he'll need more of it in the future. After all, this is just the first of 101 surf wave murals he's planning on painting.
"I'm going to do it. Of course we want to go to a place we can paint the mural and also go surf" he said with a smile.
When it's finished, the artwork will feature people from Hilton's life on the beach and on the wave. As for who gets to ‘ride' the pristine barrel?
"I cannot tell, I have to deal with Da Hui first".
A small price to pay for bringing the Pipeline to Kalihi.
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