Visitors to Granville Island in Vancouver will have noticed several overbearing figures, squinting peculiarly at shoppers and tourists. A massive new mural marks the Canadian debut for Brazilian street artists and brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, better known to some as Os G^emeos. Part of an ongoing series titled “Giants,” the mural adorns a series of 7-storey-tall silos sitting on the popular waterfront district of Granville Island outside of downtown Vancouver, and also represents the largest-scale piece that Os G^emeos has tackled to date; tallying up to 7,000 square-metres for a 360 degree work of public art. The mural is set to be completed by September 7th, in time for a public unveiling and celebration. The Pandolfo brothers’ signature style utilizes cartoon characters and vivid colors, becoming a hallmark of Brazilian street art.
“Every city needs art and art has to be in the middle of the people” – Os G^emeos
The project is part of an overall city-wide effort by Vancouver Biennale, a company that has facilitated the acquisition of over $2.5M worth of public art, including several other pieces across the city. The non-profit organization went on record to say Os G^emeos are “intensely focused on delivering something really, really special for us.” In recent memory, Os G^emeos made headlines for providing artistic touches to the official airplane of Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2014 squad, and for collaborating with Hennessy on a limited edition bottle of V.S.
All in all, the initiative has created a sense of wonderment and renewed interest in public art, as this local concrete mixing facility undergoes a vast transition, bringing tourists and locals alike flocking to Granville Island to glimpse the impressive display. Although many can freely enjoy the eye-catching piece, the Vancouver Biennale organization will be expending over $100,000 to complete the Os G^emeos project, in addition to several other projects in the city. For a donation of $185, contributors will receive a numbered, limited edition lithographic poster of the Os G^emeos mural - visit the Indiegogo page here
From the Os G^emeos artist statement:
“We did not want a conventional two-dimensional wall that we had done before - we wanted something different, special and unique… We decided to find a place where the painting can be transformed, creating a dialogue between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds… The connection between water and land on Granville Island, on the False Creek margins, also had a lot to do with the choice of location - for us, the water acts as a vein, symbolizing life, and it is very present in our work.”
Photos from Vancouver Biennale documenting the progress of the painting: