Record-breaking street mural is now in Rio

Record-breaking street mural is now in Rio

Largest ever artwork

Text: Gwen Ong

Image: Eduardo Kobra Facebook
Image: Eduardo Kobra/Designboom

The art piece is called 'Las Etnias' or The Ethnicities and it's absolutely stunning

With all eyes on Rio de Janeiro as the place where Olympic dreams are being made, Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra has made a name for himself. He has claimed the world record for the largest mural created by a single person.


Called Las Ethnias (The Ethnicities), the mural stands at a total height of 50 feet and measures over 32,000 square feet. Eduardo's inspiration is the five rings of the Olympics, in which he illustrated five different faces from five continents. The larger-than-life faces cover what used to be Rio's rundown port district.


Eduardo used some 400 litres of white paint, 1500 litres of coloured paint and 3500 cans of spray paint to finish the mural in a span of two gruelling months.


“I was really happy I got to display my work here in Rio de Janeiro,” said the 40 year old artist from São Paulo in a statement on Rio 2016 official website. “This was something I have wanted to do for a long time.”


Eduardo is famous for his unique graffiti style where he mixes vibrant colours with quilted geometric shapes.


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