MUNDANO + KUALIʻI Addressing Homelessness with Public Art

Posted on Nov 8, 2017 in Blog Post, Event Calendar, Hawaii State Art Museum

Artists Thiago Mundano (Brazil) and Ian Kualiʻi (Maui/California) will use their graffiti and artistic skills to rebuild and paint wooden and metal carts used to haul junk and recyclables at Lana Lane Studios November 7 – 10, 2017. In the process of painting these carts, artists will highlight the work of the homeless population in Hawaiʻi and make the carts more functional, colorful and personal. Mundano and Kualiʻi will work at Lana Lane Studios with local visual artists, builders, and young people from indigenous arts and cultural organizations to improve and redesign the recycling collection carts used every day by Hawaii’s homeless population.

Graphic with date, time, and location for Mundano + Kualii event

If you are an artist, builder, or have connections to the recycling and homeless community, and want to be part of this project, please contact Ian Kualiʻi: Instagram @iankualii or email

Artists and workshop participants will display the final painted recycling carts for the community on the front lawn of the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum on Saturday, November 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. In addition, ten artist-designed mini-carts with be auctioned at the event to raise money for homelessness in Hawaiʻi.

Forecast Public Art is facilitating the residency with Mundano and Kualiʻi in collaboration with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.