Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) May 30, 2014
The only outlet center in the world with an oceanfront location in a historic resort town is now home to some of Hawaii’s most unique public works of art, showcasing legendary artists such as Sally French, George Woollard, Wayne Levin and Keith Tallett. These highly experienced and innovative contemporary arts professionals each have exciting, permanent works of art located throughout the public spaces of The Outlets of Maui.
The artist installations range from a six panel mural by Sally French with imagery that presents a large one-eyed he’e (octopus) embracing a golden egg with a large tentacle, while deferring several ominous Man o’ War jellyfish with another. "The golden egg is being protected by the all-seeing He’e which represents our island values. The style of the mural draws from influences of Japanese Ukiyo-e woodcut traditional imagery, anime drawing and tattoo art. I have presented veiled meanings, hoping that the viewer will find their own inspiration within the story," said French
At the forefront of The Outlets of Maui Entrance is a commissioned installation by George Woollard entitled Going Places, these sculpted pieces suggest play and adventure and are inspired by the spiritual qualities sensed in the natural environment, which refer to the sense of movement and whimsy. Made of sustainably harvested lychee wood. The lychee is incredibly durable, almost stone like in its hardness. In addition, several coats of marine penetrating epoxy sealer cover the surfaces. Finally, the deeply weathered colors are achieved by alternating layers and layers of cashew lacquer paint and wet sanding.
Keith Tallett a mixed media artist who is second-generation surfboard shaper and tattoo practitioner of traditional Polynesian patterns created the trio entitled Flying Hawaiians. "The process of making art is a way of creating dialogue between my cultural knowledge and practices, and my investigations as a contemporary artist. My intent is to explore the blurred lines that define authenticity, where the merging of contemporary culture with that of the natural world becomes a metaphor for native verse non-native. The works in the Flying Hawaiian series are done on wood panels, and incorporate enamel paint, epoxy resin, vinyl, and fiberglass," said Tallett.
The oversized pieces of epic, underwater photography by Wayne Levin, showcase spinner dolphins at play in shallow waters off Ho'okena Beach in South Kona. Reminding us of our ocean surroundings. All pieces from the various artists lend creativity as expressed by the individual and collectively create a welcome environment for local visitors and Kama’aina alike.
"Our revitalized center is home to 25+ world-class brand name outlets, restaurants and entertainment venues. To complete the vision we commissioned artworks, added gathering areas and opened up the expansive ocean-island views for guests to enjoy this one-of-a-kind outlet shopping experience," says Mona Abadir of The Outlets of Maui.
The Outlets of Maui, located at the former Lahaina Center on Front Street, between Papalaua and Wainee Streets, in the heart of historic Lahaina town, provides an easy stroll throughout the center with a village style circulation plan, teak furniture, large café umbrellas, new directional signage, public art throughout and the iconic clock tower all fully integrated as part of the overall design to guarantee The Outlets of Maui will be a key Maui destination for years to come.
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