A Brazilian street artist is attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the largest mural by one artist – painting the massive piece on a building in Rio de Janeiro before the start of the Olympic Games.
The mural is painted in an area that the Olympic website describes as a formerly run-down port area that has been rejuvenated in the lead up to the games.
Eduardo Kobra is the artist behind the 190-metre long, 15.5 metre tall and 3,000-square-metre mural. The piece has taken about 1,500 litres of coloured paint and 3,500 cans of spray paint. If it is accepted as a Guinness World Record, it will be almost double the size of the existing record-holder.
The mural, which depicts five indigenous people from five continents, will be unveiled on 30 July. Kobra said he has gone to great lengths to accurately and respectfully portray his subjects. “The five characters represent the five continents – the concept was based on the five Olympic Rings,” said Kobra in a Rio 2016 statement. “These are the indigenous people of the world. The idea behind it is that we are all one”.
He, along with four guest artists, has been working on the piece for at least 12 hours a day for two months. Kobra, who lives in São Paulo, has created pieces around the world in cities like London, Tokyo and New York. The new mural can be found on the Olympic Boulevard, a site that stretches about three kilometres and will show live coverage on giant screens, as well as hosting live music, street art performances, fire work displays and food trucks.