Kaneohe Ranch

Da Kine | Mosaics Reflect Seaside Life in Kailua

January 05, 2012
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Two mosaics, titled “Seaside Living” and “Kailua State of Mind,” have been installed on the new Whole Foods Market building in Kailua town.

The 8-by-8-foot murals, commissioned by property manager Kaneohe Ranch, were created by local artists Bethany Brown and Leah Rigg.

It was a collaborative effort, with Rigg incorporating Brown’s original designs painted on acrylic into murals made of broken ceramic tiles interspersed with glazed tiles and letters.

“I hope that people will enjoy these murals as an aesthetically interesting and attractive snapshot of their neighborhood,” Rigg said in a news release. “Bethany put a lot of thought into their content, and I love her use of descriptive words, some even sort of hidden. I like to think people will not just walk by them but take a minute to enjoy the piecing together of the tiles, read the words and appreciate the placement of the mosaics among all the plants.”

The mosaics have been installed next to the store’s Living Wall, a vertical art piece comprising Native Hawaiian and tropical plants that was mounted last year. Whole Foods Market is scheduled to open in the spring.

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