Welcome to another installment of our Padilla Designs “In The Studio” blog series. This week we bring you a very special project, with history reaching back into ancient Hawaii. Please enjoy the read!
Padilla Designs fabricated two murals for a luxury condominium in Makena, both are 35’ tall. Cut from 27 pieces of 4’ x 10’ ft. brass plate, each is finished with a living bronze patina wash. They are installed with stainless steel all thread to the concrete wall.
The murals tell the story of the Ahupua’a land management of old Hawaiian culture. In ancient Hawaii, “property” was not a thing, instead there were large wedge shaped portions of land called Ahupua’a. Each portion of land ran from the mountains to the sea (Mauka to Makai) in a natural coexisting cycle. With proper maintenance, this cycle could be used to support villages. Each village with their section of land would farm, fish, hunt, gather, craft and all would be shared among the entire Ahupua’a, or used for barter (trade).
Please enjoy the following pictures of the creation process.