Athletes and visitors arriving in Rio for the Olympics are getting a colourful welcome – thanks to some amazing street art!
In the newly renovated port area, a huge mural has sprung up covering 3,000 square metres (32,000 square feet). It’s called Ethnicities and features faces of indigenous people from across the world.
The mural, by Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, is billed as the largest in the world. It’s been inspired by the Olympic rings that represent the five continents of the world that come together to compete in the Games.
Around 100 gallons of white paint, 1,500 litres of coloured paint and at least 3,500 cans of spray paint went into creating Kobra’s massive piece of street art.
“I was really happy I got to display my work here in Rio de Janeiro,” Kobra, 40, from Sao Paulo, is reported to say in an article on the Rio2016 website.
Time-lapse video of Kobra’s work
Lighting up iconic Rio hotel
At night the exterior of the iconic Copacabana Palace hotel becomes a canvas for projections by Irish artist Kristjana S. Williams, which shows butterflies that represent all the countries taking part in the Olympic Games.
Larger than life
French artist JR has also got in on the Rio action, creating two striking art works in the city – depicting athletic figures, set on metal scaffolding.
Another piece in the center of Rio ! High jump performed by … Mohamed YOUNES IDRISS, 27, from SUDAN. He lives and trains in Cologne, Germany. He missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics but he is there some how :) Une autre Oeuvre au centre ville de Rio. Mohamed YOUNES IDRISS, 27 ans, originaire du Soudan. Il vit et s’entraine à Cologne (Allemagne). Il ne s'est pas qualifié pour les JO de Rio 2016 mais il est la bas autrement :) Mohamed Younes Idriss, 27 anos, vem do Sudão. Esse atleta mora e treina em Cologne (Alemanha). Ele se machucou alguns dias antes de uma prova pra se qualificar nas olimpíadas do Rio 2016. Ele tem o recorde africano de salto em altura. #ioprio2016 #Brazil
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My first flying piece … Almost done installing some new artworks with a complete new technique ! Working on it since almost a year … More images and stories to come !! 🙏🙏🙏@camille
luigermanjulianaluna and all the team who worked on this !!! #ioprio2016 #Rio
Want to see more?
Click here to check out an interactive map of Rio’s urban art trail.