Artist Sean Yoro or “HULA” creates artwork in hard to reach locations in the name of saving the environment. Using glaciers and sea walls as canvases, he creates wonders that provide a surface for marine life to attach to.
“It’ll jumpstart marine life and jumpstart algae and all these organisms,” he explained. “The art and life, I guess, that I created with these figures kind of gives more life to marine ecosystems.”
The Hawaiian artist created Deep Seeds, an art and conservation project featuring three underwater murals off the coast of Oahu. Yoro painted on concrete and steel structures, placed intentionally as man-made artificial reefs, to provide a surface for marine life to attach to and grow on and raise awareness about dying coral reefs.
“Especially in Hawaii, growing up it was so easy to forget how fragile these reefs are and how fragile, you know, the ocean itself is,” he said. “I mean, they’re gonna be facing huge consequences. It’s like, we can at least get a head start on some of that.”
Coral reefs support approximately 25% of all marine life, but more than 50% have died in the last 30 years from overfishing, pollution, and coral bleaching. Bleaching, caused by factors like rising sea temperatures and pollution, strips a coral of life-sustaining algae and make it more likely to die.
“Raw concrete and metal are the best for artificial reefs, because the algae can just grow directly on it,” Yoro said. “the fish, as long as there’s holes and stuff for them to live in, it immediately gives them new homes.”