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Artist Hula Paints Artificial Reefs Underwater

There’s a new art installation off the coast of Hawaii that’s meant to bring attention to the threats the oceans face from pollution and other environmental dangers.

Hawaiian artist Sean Yoro, otherwise known as Hula, began a project called “Deep Seads” where he learned to paint underwater to set up a couple of artificial reefs.

To do so, he had to learn how to freedive. According to Hula:

“I remember doing my first five. I barely got to 10 feet. I think I held my breath for, like, 40 seconds. It was so discouraging and that’s when I realized I may have bitten off more than I could chew. I knew I needed to take the long path and learn proper training and techniques if I was gonna pull this off.”

The next 14 months, he dedicated his body and mind to getting himself — especially his lungs — into optimal shape.

The results were two artificial reefs with several of his works that he actually painted underwater, using paints that wouldn’t pollute the ocean.

To learn more, check out the video below or go to

"Deep Seads" Episode #06 - Underwater Murals Artificial Reefs

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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