Aloha, Four Seasons
The new Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea offers a haven for art-famished tourists.
Annie Block -- Interior Design, 8/20/2008 12:00:00 AM
Hawaii has a new art destination. But it’s in the form of a luxury resort. As part of a $50 million renovation by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo and BraytonHughes Design Studios, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea now boasts a museum-quality collection of pieces by artists who live, work, or were born in Hawaii.
The 280 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and textiles were selected by Julie Cline of Julie Cline Fine Art Services, who grew up in Honolulu and also served as curator for the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu. The Maui collection focuses on the generation that came of age around 1959, the year Hawaii achieved statehood. “There’s an undercurrent of exciting art being produced here,” she says.
Hotel guests will not only notice the works, which are boldly colored or monumental, but might also recognize a few names. The pair of enormous heads flanking the entry are by master ceramist Jun Kaneko. Edward Brownlee’s abstract bronzes grace reception and the 15-acre grounds. Near the elevators hangs a lithograph by Don Ed Hardy—a tattoo artist’s take on the famous wave woodcuts of Katsushika Hokusai.
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