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“The first challenge of this project was to find a location that would fit with our idea. We did not want a conventional two-dimensional wall that we had done before – we wanted something different, special and unique. We have an ongoing project called “Giants” that has been realized in several places in the world such as Greece, USA, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Brazil and England, and we will continue now in Canada, but with a difference. As the proposed Biennale has a strong connection with sculpture, we decided to find a place where the painting can be transformed, creating a dialogue between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds. Another aim of this project is to bring new characters to Vancouver while sharing perspectives and cultures and establishing a relationship between the people who frequent this site and integrate this work into the city scenery. The connection between water and land on Granville Island, on the False Creek margins, also had a lot to do with the choice of location – for us, the water acts as a vein, symbolizing life, and it is very present in our work.”- OSGEMEOS.
“Every city needs art and art has to be in the middle of the people” – OSGEMEOS
The Vancouver Biennale is transforming a Granville Island industrial landmark into a gigantic work of public art! OSGEMEOS will be creating a monumental, 360-degree, 23-metre tall (75 ft) mural, the biggest public mural of their career and their first in Canada. The mural, which will measure a colourful 7,200 square meters (23,500 sq feet) when complete, will be created on the six gigantic silos that are part of the Ocean Cement manufacturing and distribution plant on Vancouver’s Granville Island, alongside the world-famous Public Market, Emily Carr University, and boat docks that attract 10.5-million visitors per year. Check back to see more pictures of the process as the project comes to life and see the industrial silos turn into a work of art!
The Biennale has launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign with an initial goal of raising $20,000 to offset the $126,250 total cost of the project. Today, we are putting the “public” back into public art and asking the global community to help us. Be part of the global team. Your $5, $10, $50 will get us there! Support the project here.
Watch OSGEMEOS In Conversation with the Vancouver Biennale:
OSGEMEOS talk about the transformation of industrial silos through the Vancouver Biennale:
Listen to the audio tour by Jessa Alston O’Connor