KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - He's created stunning wave murals around the world. But his latest work is a piece of trash — literally.
Artist Hilton Alves put a new, realistic twist on one of his recent murals.
Alves collected trash along Kahuku Beach. The marine debris he found was used in a new mural fronting his art studio in Kahuku.
The trash is a part of the mural to spread the message to keep Hawaii's oceans clean.
The mural features one of his signature, glassy painted waved as the trash from the beach cleanup lines the bottom.
There's also a wood cutout dolphin and a honu that sends a strong message.
When the honu is turned over, plastic bits and pieces fills it's underside, symbolizing the the harm plastic consumption has on wildlife.
Alves hopes his artwork inspires the community to take greater responsibility in environmental preservation while sparking a love for art.
He is on a mission to paint 101 "Perfect Wave" murals around the world.
He also said he hopes to do a similar project, using trash from more beach cleanups, on a much larger scale in the near future, and he's hoping to get more members from the community involved.