Art and soul: Biennale goes big on Granville Island

Wednesday August 6th, 2014

ART FOR ALL: A crew from Dave Notte’s Wolfgang Painters firm began preparation work on Ocean Concrete’s Granville Island silos Wednesday. It wasn’t to ready them for the firm’s logo or the sunburst, fruit or vegetable designs seen on its blender trucks. Instead, Brazilian street artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, a.k.a. Os Gemeos (the twins), will create a 2,000-square-metre mural by Sept. 7 that would cost $1 million if privately commissioned. However, after painting murals at London’s Tate Modern gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach and elsewhere, they’ll execute their biggest-ever work for free. The deal, costing only $125,000 for preparation, administration and travel accommodation, mostly crowd-funded, was made by senior curator Marcello Dantas for the 2014-16 Vancouver Biennale.

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