We had to hang out the side of a helicopter to capture this image during one of the biggest swells that Hawaii has seen in the last 10 years. The giant swell was nicknamed "The Brock Swell" and it brought waves over 60 feet tall to a world famous Maui spot called Jaws, or Peahi in Hawaiian. We have a friend who happens to be an amazing helicopter pilot and hockey goalie who took us out during this massive swell to capture some images. As it goes with hockey goalies, he is a bit daring and a touch crazy which is exactly what it takes to get close to a wave like this in a helicopter. After encouraging him to get closer and closer, we found ourselves literally getting wet from being so close. Thankfully we were strapped to the helicopter because there were no doors and we were standing outside on the skis as we dipped down low in between waves and then quickly bounced up and over the huge waves. Niccolo Porcello is the amazing surfer looking like he's being chased by an enormous avalanche. Niccolo was so excited about this shot that he gave us the surfboard that he was riding in the shot, it now hangs above the image in our Paia Gallery. The power and force of this image are undeniable, "Maui Avalanche" Check out the video below.
Both of our aluminum mounting options have a modern feel and look "frame-less" from the front. There is no need for additional framing, they arrive in your hands, ready to hang.
Euro Mount: This option is frame-less when viewed from straight on but has a frame to edge on the back that is visible from the side that is about 1 1/2 inches thick. We use a double metal frame for added support. Default euro mount color is black but is available in silver as well. Please let us know if you would like the silver option. Euro mounts are usually recommended for larger images but they work well for all sizes. In our galleries, most pieces 12 x 18 and above are displayed with euro mounts.
Float Mount: This option looks like it is literally "floating" about a half inch off of the wall. There is a hanger on the back which you can use to hang the image with a nail or picture hanger. Float mounts are usually recommended for smaller sized images but can also work well for most sizes. At our galleries, most pieces 11x14 and smaller are shown with float mounts.
The vibrant look comes from ambient light reflecting off of the aluminum and the ink at the same time which results in the most luminescent art you will ever see. The images are so brilliant that people often ask if there are lights behind them! To top it off, the dye-infused aluminum process has unprecedented archival characteristics that will enable your piece to be radiant for the next 150 years.
Both options look amazing, let us know if you have any questions. We would love to help!