Two people are traveling across the country creating landmark art in all 50 states. They just painted their biggest mural yet at a Waikiki hotel.
Artist Victor Ving rolls paint onto the surface of his mural at the Alohilani Resort in Waikiki on Jan. 29, the first day of the latest installment in his quest to create landmarks through public art in each of the 50 states.
Ving and his partner, photographer Lisa Beggs, have been on what they call their Greetings Tour for three years. Mostly they travel in an RV, but obviously their travel plan was different for Hawaii.
The Greetings Tour crew clears water off the surface of the mural. Near-constant rain forced them to use tarps and a water vacuum throughout the week.
An artist assistant works beneath a tarp Jan. 31, the third day of the project.
Artist Will Van Zee works on a portion of the mural, which ended up covering 3,750 square feet, making it the biggest of the 30 completed so far in 15 states.
Ving refers to his sketch as the work continues Feb. 3. He is a former New York City graffiti artist who still wields a mean aerosol can.
Ving, right, and Van Zee paint together Feb. 3 at the Alohilani Resort. While most of the Greetings Tour murals have been painted on the sides of buildings, this one requires a higher vantage point.
Most of the murals contain the words, “Greetings from,” and the latest one is no exception.
Beggs photographs Ving and the mural as the works continues.
The completed postcard mural can now be seen from a parking lot at the Alohilani Resort near the ocean on Kealohilani Avenue.
Ving waves from the finished product.
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