When Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra (aka Kobra) first put together his mural “Etnias,” he wasn’t trying to do something so monumental that he actually broke a world record. Well, that’s the case, and now his art is up for Guinness World Record as the largest spray painted picture in the world.
“Etnias” is located in the heart of Rio’s “Olympic Boulevard” district, and displays the faces of five indigenous peoples from the five continents: Ethiopia’s Mursi; Thailand’s Kayin; Europe’s Supi; Papua New Guinea’s Huli; and America’s Tapajos. These large scale portraits ended up being 50 feet tall and 620 feet long, and took three months and over 3500 cans of spray paint (and 1500 liters of other paint) to put together.
A quick look through Kobra’s Instagram shows that the man is committed to doing these kind of monument portraits; Nelson Mandela, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and well, Yoda are all captured in his vivid wall works:
While there was originally supposed to be a huge public art push in Rio in time for the Olympics, that plan got nixed due to the overall rising cost of putting the games together. “Etnias” was kept in the mix due to private donations to fund the development of Olympic Boulevard, and we’re sure glad that they, and Kobra, pulled through.
For closer looks at the mural, check out the #etnias tag here. We’re glad to see that this gorgeous tribute, something both of and separate from the games will endure, even after the Olympics head out of town.