Wooden Wave are a husband and wife creative duo who create murals and illustrations to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on humanity’s future.
The Hawaii-born couple, who have a strong affinity with the ocean especially, draw much of their inspiration from nature, recognising how fragile the island ecosystem is.
Matthew and Roxanne Ortiz say their art “presents a whimsical take on the notion of the sustainably integrated community”. Central to their murals and illustrations are treehouses, which symbolise adventure.
Offering a whimsical take on nature and sustainability, the husband and wife team also incorporate elements of sustainable living and technologies in their artworks, such as solar panels and water catchment in the midst of treehouses.
Matthew and Roxanne Ortiz say: “Beyond the obvious romanticism of a dwelling built in the canopy, the inclusion of solar panels, water catchment, aquaponics, and green roof systems make each composition relevant to the environmental issues of today.”
Futuristic as well as whimsical, Wooden Wave’s artwork is also influenced by sci-fi, with illustrations of treehouses shaped in the silhouette of Star Wars legends Yoda and Darth Vader.
Wooden Wave have also done murals for Pow! Wow! Hawaii, Fresh Cafe, and Kamehameha Schools.
Images: © Wooden Wave
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