Loko ‘Ia: Day and Night is a 1,100 sq-ft, LED-lit mural designed by Solomon Enos and installed at The Flats at Pu‘unui, a new affordable housing development in Kaka‘ako, Honolulu, O‘ahu.
Constructed with a series of layered transparencies, the mural changes color and composition from day to night. The transformative quality of the work points to nature in flux and reveals mysteries in the pō maika‘i (blessed darkness), in which Enos finds beauty and hidden wisdom.
Both day and night compositions depict the thriving eco-system of a lively loko ‘ia (Hawaiian fishpond), full of fish, plankton, jellyfish, and a nocturnal he‘e (octopus). The play of light and phosphorescence act as a beacon, and the mural as a whole is a prophecy of hope — for the return of the fishponds and their symbiosis with nature, and the enduring presence of Kanaloa (god of the deep sea).
Loko ‘Ia: Day and Night, October 2016, 1,100 sq-ft, LED-lit mural, The Flats at Pu‘unui, Kaka‘ako