Art and Science Meet to Protect a Community Mural in Kaimuki

In the News, Technology

Last weekend, in a collaboration with EnVision Kaimuki, 808 Cleanups, and native Hawaiian artist Solomon Enos, Oceanit was in Kaimuki to apply our Grafix protective coating to Enos’ newest community mural. Grafix is a formulation of our EverPel omniphobic coating that is designed to make it easier to remove graffiti from treated surfaces. When applied to painted surfaces like Enos’ mural, Grafix enables graffiti to be removed simply with soap and water or a bit of watered-down rubbing alcohol–without disturbing the art beneath.

The mural was painted with the help of 70 community members and wraps around a small communications structure in Puʻu o Kaimukī park. The building had been previously covered in graffiti. Enos hopes that this mural–and the collaboration with Oceanit–is the first of many as he works towards engaging with neighborhoods across the island to create community-owned art in public parks, bringing life to their drab structures.

Grafix acts as a clear topcoat or sealer to protect the underlying surface from foreign water, oil, chemicals, and paint. The protective layer of advanced nanocomposite will facilitate future cleaning of the communications structure without damage being done to the mural.  Grafix is clear, non-toxic, and water-based.

EnVision Kaimuki is a community group focused on local engagement and discussions on shaping a positive future for Kaimuki. You can follow them on Facebook at envisionkaimuki. Solomon Enos was born and raised in Makaha Valley and has been making art for more than 30 years. You can read more about Solomon Enos on his website.