Courtesy: SFCA

Hawaii, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

Erica Karawina

Kapiolani Community College, Ohia Building, Diamond Head, 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816-4496
Date:  1988
Placement:  colleges
Artwork Type:  murals (any medium)
Material:  stained glass (material)
Description:  "Hawaii, Hawaii" is a 32-foot long faceted glass mural, which symbolically represents and celebrates the natural beauty of Hawaii: the sun, rainbows, mountains and the ocean. The mural consists of small pieces of translucent glass in brilliant reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues and violets embedded in a matrix of fine marble aggregate mixed with epoxy resin. The glass is faceted by hand to refract light for a sparkling, shimmering effect.

This glorious work of rich, jewel-like colors is the culmination of a long and distinguished career by Hawaii's premier stained glass artist, Erica Karawina. Abstracted in style, Karawina's mural harmonically complements the surrounding natural environment, but refuses to compete with nature. The artist comments, "Colored glass...has something no other medium can give us. It vibrates, it radiates, it transforms everything. In short, it is poetic. One window can really become many windows, depending on the season and the time of day. Colors in glass are much like music, in that they vibrate as sound, if we are but willing to listen." Born in Germany, Karawaina lived and traveled through Europe, China and the East Coast before settling permanently in Hawaii in 1949. She was privately educated in Europe, and studied art in Boston where she worked with Charles J. Connick.

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