Artists: Mark Feijão Milligan II, Anna Ellazar and Lily Mitchell
Among the larger art installations in Our Kaka‘ako, Tapestry stretches 48 ft. x 24 ft. along the wall of The Barn at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako.
Kamehameha Schools (KS) digital media specialist Mark Feijão Milligan II conceived the idea for the colorful two-panel mural, which was put together with the help of KS juniors Anna Ellazar and Lily Mitchell. The bold portraits display a kanaka maoli kāne and a kanaka maoli wahine, each gazing into the distance with a sense of purpose.
“We strived to blend details of realism and the simplicity of abstraction to establish a conversation between night and day, past and present, wisdom and action, ancestral knowledge and the present,” Milligan said. “In turn, the mural drives home the concept of being rooted in one’s history, while moving forward with spirited intention.”
For Milligan, it was important to bring in the students to share in the creation of Tapestry. It was a “paying forward” of sorts because as a teenager growing up in St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands, he was invited to share in a similar experience by renowned artist Paul Youngblood.