Art comes in an endless combination of shapes and sizes, from the art that fits onto a fingernail to sculptures that people can physically walk inside. As an artist, getting your work into the hands (or eyes) of as many people as possible is always part of the goal. Each message hidden within the images has a much better chance of impacting the world if more people see it, and there is no better way to make this happen than to do an oversized mural. Famous pieces have popped up on the sides of buildings worldwide, captivating those who see them with their sheer size. Becoming the biggest takes intense dedication, expert planning, unbreakable teamwork and tons of paint.
This Land Was Our Land, California – Indecline
This piece was created by a controversial ‘movement’ of activists who have been linked previously to stealing body parts from hospitals and instigating and videoing fights between the homeless. Stretching over half a mile wide, this statement on the Mojave Desert may well be the largest site of illegal graffiti in the world. Created in 6 days by a tireless team of just 8 people, this bold statement sits upon neglected land that was previously a landing strip.
Lilith and Olaf, Norway – Ella & Pitr
Known for their whimsical fairytale pieces that are typically large, this group, combined with the help of a none-profit arts organization and private sector company, set out to break a world record. Celebrating the Nuart festival, the French group of artists took to the rooftops to create another mammoth piece that can be seen from passing planes (especially thanks to reroutes proud to showcase it to tourists). Created in just 4 days thanks to a team of plucky volunteers, a huge image of a woman curled up on her side appeared. By her side is what appears to be a small wooden toy, supposedly representing King Olaf I of Norway who ruled just over 1000 years ago.
Las Etnias, Rio – Eduardo Kobra
This long and colourful piece can be found looking over the Port district in Rio de Janiero. A collection of six incredibly defined faces from all over the world, this huge mural that spans over 27,000 square metres. Though it was made to coincide with the 2016 Olympics, this piece speaks volumes about our collective cultures and appeals to more than just athletes and fans of sport. The people shown in the piece are a Brazilian Tapajo boy, an Ethiopian Mursi woman, a Thai Kayin lady, a Northern European Supi man and a Huli Male from Papua New Guinea, each one is a member of an indigenous collective. The strikingly bold and festival coloured giant required over 400 gallons of coloured paint alone to create, this does not count the base white behind it or the spray paint of black that helped create the piercing blacks in the characters’ eyes. Kobra explains, “The idea behind it is that we are all one”, which is a message everyone can get behind.