Art With Heart – Spar Street
Dolce speaks to Maui-based artist Spar Street about his most memorable work and how he blends a free-spirited outlook on life with art.
Spar Street’s work has been collected by many notable celebrities including Sir Richard Branson and Wayne Gretzky. The artist is modest when you ask him what draws individuals to his paintings and sculptures, but it’s clear any collector of Mr. Street’s work can appreciate the message he conveys. By reading between each brush stroke and every piece of manipulated metal of his creations, a deeper meaning is found: to find the beauty in life and admire it wholeheartedly.
Street works and lives in Maui, Hawaii, where he is immersed in nature and beautiful scenery. Oftentimes he is reminded to share the message of making life more meaningful, and it reflects in his work.
“I focus almost entirely on creating things that are in alignment with my passion and purpose, which have to do with living our lives focused as much as possible on the things that make life rich and fulfilling and wonderful and beautiful,” Street says when asked how he finds inspiration for new pieces. He notes that his surroundings have a positive impact on the way he sees life and how his work is shaped.
Street’s sculptures have been received by members of the United Nations, as well as recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Two of his sculptures, The Agent of Change and The Heart of Peace, were crafted as awards for these organizations and are now recognized as symbols of goodwill and empowerment. Street says the process of developing The Agent of Change award for the UN kept inspiring him to innovate the sculpture and constantly make improvements.
“I was woken up in the middle of the night with a vision and it was like a lucid dream,” he says. “I was walking around these monumental-sized structures — like, 20 or 30 feet high — and I saw the bottom of these sculptures. There were bricks paved around them with people’s names on them. I immediately leapt out of bed and started making drawings of what I saw and writing down what I heard.”
The process from conception to completion took Street six and a half years to finish. Once he was content with the design, the UN began awarding the sculpture to pioneering women, including the spouse of the UN Secretary-General, the President of Malta and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, just to name a few.
The Agent of Change also holds significance for Street, as he looks at the sculpture-turned-award as a beacon of hope and a symbol of empowerment for many women in several countries.
“When The Agent Of Change award was given out, these women were talking about what it was going to be like for them to go back and share this award with their people. And they didn’t want to receive it for themselves — they wanted to receive it for all the women in their countries,” says Street. “They’d already embodied that it was going to make a difference in the lives of millions of women. And men. That, to me, is the legacy I want to leave.”
Aside from The Agent of Change, another renowned award tops Street’s list of proudest pieces. “The Heart Of Peace is certainly in that category,” he says. “I created that to commemorate 100 years of the Nobel Peace Prize. To me, that certainly is way up there.”
Street has also recognized the significance love affects human beings, and how the positive energy presents itself in many forms. As an artist who can express love in different mediums, Street approaches each commission intending to awaken his clients’ spirits and evoke raw emotions. He says some of his clients have even come back to him and said they are more open and intimate with their loved ones.
“I’ll ask them all types of questions to help come to clarity as to what it is that makes them feel most alive,” says Street. “What it is that inspires them? What legacy do they want to leave? What energy do they want to steep in? If they only had 10 minutes left in their life, what would they do? Who would the call? What would they say?”
Two sculptures continuously remind Street that the love he receives from others comes full circle with the love he gives in a never-ending cycle. One of which is Eternal Flame, which he created in partnership with his wife, whom he boasts as his most powerful source of inspiration. To this day, this is the only piece for which Street has collaborated with anyone.
“Deeper Love and Eternal Flame — those are two pieces that continually remind me that there is no end to the depth and the width and breadth that love can have,” says Street. “I am so incredibly blessed to have my wife and daughter in my life just to show me that no matter how good it’s been, it can always be better, and it does get better.”
What can people take away from Street’s art? We are encouraged to follow the artist’s zestful approach to life — to appreciate the life we have received and love it willingly.
“As I’m willing to open more and more, and trust more, and be more intimate and vulnerable, I see how much Heaven wants us to be really, really happy and free,” says the artist. “And, to a degree, we surrender to that. To that degree, we live exquisite, extraordinary lives.”