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The threat of ris­ing sea lev­els is be­ing graph­i­cally rep­re­sented in a se­ries of ‘dis­ap­pear­ing’ por­traits painted by Hawaiian surfer-turned-artist Sean Yoro, who uses tidal move­ments to re­in­force his mes­sage. Typ­i­cally painted on sea walls and sim­i­lar struc­tures in var­i­ous parts of the world, the por­traits are only en­tirely vis­i­ble twice a day – at low tide. The ob­jec­tive, says Yoro, is to “ig­nite a sense of ur­gency to­wards cli­mate change in those who stum­ble upon these mu­rals.”

His por­traits usu­ally take any­thing from a day to three or four days to com­plete, de­pend­ing on size and de­tail. He uses tra­di­tional oil paint, even though it doesn’t last as long as acrylic paint. But he prefers oil be­cause its transience un­der­scores the point about cli­mate change: “life is pre­car­i­ous.”

The paint is cus­tom-de­signed – it’s com­pletely non-toxic, dries quickly and is able to with­stand be­ing sub­merged un­der­wa­ter, al­beit for a lim­ited time. The paint­ings gen­er­ally last two to three months, but de­pend­ing on lo­cal con­di­tions they could last up to two years.

BE­LOW To com­plete the mu­rals Yoro has to work around the tides – and at all hours of the day/night – rac­ing to com­plete sections be­fore they’re cov­ered again.

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