Take a moment to allow yourself to experience the wonder of a place that may seem common, until you’re able to see it through the lens of a very uncommon creator.

So, what pops into your mind when you think of Canada? Has it ever been something like this:

Today, as we follow artist Sean Yoro (AKA Hula) through the land, his incredible work will help us discover not one, but two fascinating places that often go overlooked. The best artists among us seem to have a knack for pointing us to the extraordinary potential in what could be seen as ordinary, and help us bring something new into our conversations. It’s surprising what can be seen through the eyes of the creative outsider.

And with that, let’s go to Canada.

First Stop: The Bay of Fundy

This is the location of the highest vertical tides in the world!

Image: Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick with the tide in

Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, Canada 
Source: Max Pixel

Depending on where along the bay you stand and what time of year you’re visiting, the difference between low and high tides can reach a monstrous 16.3 meters (think 53 ft or a three-story building wearing a large hat) 1, due to the bays unique shape and natural seiche.

What’s a seiche? Glad you asked. Here’s the description the Bay of Fundy tourism site gives us:

“You could compare this to the movement of water in a bathtub. Although the water in a bathtub sloshes from one end to the other and back again in a few seconds, it takes about 13 hours for the water in the bay to rock from the mouth of the bay to the head of the bay and back again. As the ocean tide rises and floods into the bay every 12 hours and 25 minutes, it reinforces the rocking motion.

To imagine this, picture an adult giving a gentle push to a child on a swing. Just a very small push is required to keep the swing moving. Likewise the seiche in the bay is sustained by the natural resonance of the ocean tides.” 2

The unique challenge of this tide change was an inspiration for Hula. He and his team traveled to the town of Saint John, New Brunswick, residing along the bay with 8.5 meter (28 ft) tide changes 3. Here they worked to create the mural, Huna: a piece that can’t be described as anything less than breathtaking in the way it showcases these ever changing tides.

*It’s important to note that all paints and materials used are 100% non-toxic.

In case you missed the stunning reveal, here’s the piece with the tide in and out:

Then about 6 hours later…

You can learn more about the Bay of Fundy through their tourism site by clicking here!

Let’s head to another high point: Iqaluit

Image: Google Map shot of distance between Iqaluit and Bay of Fundy

Bay of Fundy is flagged at the bottom of the image
Source: Google Maps

No seriously, this city is really, really up there in the hemisphere.

In 2001, Iqaluit, meaning “many fish” in Inuktitut, officially became the capital city of the Canadian territory, Nunavut. Although they’re juggling with severe lifestyle changes brought through the colonization that was sparked in 1943 5,this colorful city acts as a place for creatives from across the territory to gather and attend arts and culture festivals held in the spring and summer. 6

The unique beauty of both the people and the environment drove Hula, his team, and videographers from Camp4Collective to meet up with the locals and create a piece that expresses the hopes and experiences of the Inuit inside their community.

Take a little journey onto the ice to experience this inspiring collaboration between minds and cultures for yourself…

Click here to discover more about the strong community of Iqaluit!

These locations are home to amazing people who have managed to adapt and thrive in the extremes of their environments.

The sad truth is, sometimes the beauty and potential of our own communities aren’t revealed until someone like Hula comes in with fresh eyes and a creative mind to introduce it to us. What could happen if we invited more creative outsiders into our own communities to help us see the wonder that’s right under our noses? How could that transform us all?

Those rising tides and the small town to the north may not have had us in complete awe by themselves, but with Hula’s creations, the true brilliance and emotion inside each location has been showcased. Here’s a snippet from the bio on his portfolio, byhula.com:

“Hula strives to bring life to empty spaces, usually working on shipwrecks, abandoned docks and forgotten walls. Merging his backgrounds in both street and fine art, Hula works entirely with oil paint and uses traditional techniques to create soft, female figures interacting with the surface of the water. Hula’s work often leaves you feeling an array of emotions while proposing an environmental discussion.” 8

Click here to discover more of Hula’s thought-provoking work in environments around the world!

Now, if you’d like to see another group of extraordinary artists revealing the beauty in the ordinary, you have to check out this next article I’m giving you a link to:

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And if you watched the video in that article, you know you are never going to look at the side of a glass building again in the same way, nor that chunk of ice floating in the water, or the simple rising of the tide.

“It’s too bad that it didn’t last, but that’s how the world works:
not everything lasts very long” – Jesse Mike

Remember, our lives will always continue to change; that’s just their nature. It’s something that’s simply out of our control, but thankfully, we get to choose how we fuel our perspective. Keep yourself open to new possibilities and your happiness may stay nearby!

Oh, and one more thing: Do you feel like you know a bit more of what’s happening in Canada now?

-Sam

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Notes:

  1. US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Where Is the Highest Tide?” NOAA’s National Ocean Service. National Ocean Service, 08 Oct. 2008. Web. 09 Oct. 2017 <https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/highesttide.html>.
  2. “How the Tides Work.” Bay of Fundy. Bay of Fundy Tourism, n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2017. <http://bayoffundytourism.com/worlds-highest-tides/how-do-the-tides-work/>.
  3. “Tide Times for Saint John.” Tide times and Tide Charts. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2017. <https://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Saint-John-New-Brunswick/tides/latest>.
  4. “Huna – Hula Painting in Extreme Tides.” YouTube. Hula Studios, 06 Sept. 2017. Web. 10 Oct. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N-nX_4C95o&feature=youtu.be>.
  5. “Iqaluit.” Nunavut Tourism – Iqaluit. Nunavut Tourism, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2017. <http://nunavuttourism.com/regions-communities/iqaluit>.
  6. “Iqaluit.” Nunavut Tourism – Iqaluit. Nunavut Tourism, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2017. <http://nunavuttourism.com/regions-communities/iqaluit>.
  7. “What If You Fly.” Vimeo. The North Face, Oct. 2016. Web. 03 Oct. 2017. <https://vimeo.com/183252069>.
  8. HULA. Hula Studios, n.d. Web. 09 Oct. 2017. <http://byhula.com/>.

Samantha Burns

Executive Assistant, Staff Writer

Samantha is a listener, creator, collector of knick knacks and lover of most, if not all, types of cheese.