In the heart of Vancouver stand six industrial silos, which just months ago were bland, unattractive eyesores – but now are colorful and attractive artwork. Two Brazilian brothers tool upon themselves the task of beautifying this huge and unpleasant sight in the Canadian metropolis.
Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo have a lot of things in common, starting with the fact that they are twins. But they are also talented artists and are displaying their joint artwork under the name Osgemeos (‘the twins” in Portuguese).
Large Size Artwork
For Osgemeos, painting the 6 70 ft-high silos was a challenge, not only from the artistic point of view, but also in terms of hours of work and dangers related to their task. However, they did not let the tantamount amount of paint and brushes, or the risk of working at the height of 70 feet above the Granville Island in Vancouver.
Remarkably, the entire work was completed in less than one month. To put it into the right perspective, we are talking of two people painting a total surface of 23,500 square feet, in less than 30 days! This is, indeed, a great feat, not just artistically speaking, but also in terms of sheer work and effort.
A Commitment to Urban Beautification
Osgemeos are not at the first attempt of making industrial or dreary urban landscape look beautiful and give joy to inhabitants. Their previous attempts at turning urban objects into artwork include subway walls, industrial buildings and airplanes. Cities in USA, Portugal, Greece, Poland, England and Holland are homes to paintings made by Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo.
So far, the six silos are their first artwork in Canada – and the largest, too. They explain their tireless efforts by saying that “every city needs art and art has to be in the middle of the people.”
A Crowd-funded Project
Painting a surface of 23,500 square feet is not just hard work – it is also expensive. The Vancouver Biennale commissioned Osgemeos to contribute to the large scale project of turning the industrial part of the city into a beautiful landscape which can attract tourists.
The total cost of painting the six silos amounted to lei508,674.16 The Biennale raised a portion of lei80,582.04 of this amount through the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo.
The Future of Arts Shaped Today
Artworks by Osgemeos show how the fine arts are evolving in the 21st century. No longer hidden away in particular collections and imposing mansions, artworks step down into the streets and are openly displayed for everyone to enjoy them.
Through their efforts, Octavio and Gustavo create and solidify the democracy of art – created by the people and for the people, available to all the people free of charge.
Find more about Osgemeos on their website: http://www.osgemeos.com.br/en