Pow! Wow! Taiwan has officially begun! I’ve been out in Taipei for a week now, and it has quickly become one of my favourite cities (the food miiight have something to do with it). Here’s a quick re-cap of the first couple days. If you want to follow along on Instagram I’m posting to @Booooooom and you can follow @PowWowTaiwan as well.
We started with a tour of all the potential walls in the city (photo above: Madsteez and Brendan Monroe), which was followed by the official opening of the event. Yesterday we had a little rain delay, so most of the artists are getting started today. James Jean, Kristen Farr, and Mr.Ogay were among the artists able to put some work in, and you can see images of their progress at the bottom of this post.
Lots of images below, have a look!
In a couple days (this Friday) two canoes will embark from Hawaii on a historic three year journey around the world, using only the sun, wind, waves, and stars to guide them. Polynesian Navigators will attempt to circumnavigate the world in a sacred canoe, Hokule’a (the canoe that legendary surfer Eddie Aikau lost his life trying to save), and its sister canoe Hikianalia.
Artist Kamea Hadar and young artists from the POW! WOW! School of Art and 808 Urban painted a beautiful mural to commemorate this event. The painting depicts Papa Mau Piailug, a master navigator from the island of Satawal, Micronesia.
Watch the video below.
My friend, Austrian artist Nychos returned home to Vienna, and wasted no time covering a building with one of his signature animal dissections. This one’s a giant rat, “Snake Bait”. You have to see him paint in person to understand how fast he works.
Watch the process video below (brace yourself for some Judas Priest aka turn your volume up).