JR in Rio de Janeiro

French artist JR unveiled a couple of giant installations in anticipation of the Olympic Games opening in Rio de Janeiro.

The first giant piece represents Sudanese athlete Mohamed Younes Idriss who lives and trains in Cologne, Germany. “He missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio olympics but he is there somehow,” says JR.

JR Rio de Janeiro

~ By JR ~ Photo and info: streetartnews.net

JR rio detail

~ By JR ~ Photo: streetartnews.net

The second artwork which  can be found around the Barra neighborhood, showing a diver leaping into an adjacent area of the ocean. Also attached to large-scale metal beams, the artwork illustrates an athlete with arms stretched open hovering over nearby rocks and making its way into the water below.

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Os Gemeos posted a photo of their latest project “O bunker” on their Facebook page. It is their first ever permanent installation built for Museu Casa do Pontal in Rio de Janeiro. It depicts one of their signature yellow characters hiding in a bunker. The idea behind this project was to show the importance of preserving the tradition and the folk culture of Brazil. Bunker itself represents safety as well as fragility of what’s inside.

Os Gemeos O Bunker

~ By Os Gemeos ~ Photo: Os Gemeos on Facebook

“It’s unfortunate to see such a scene, the Casa do Pontal Museum all flooded!! The largest and most important museum of folk art in the country has become part of the towns patrimony, with a collection of 8500 pieces in danger. The museum is located one meter below the newly constructed Media Village for the 2016 Olympic Games and after Saturday’s storm the rainwater flooded the museum. This already predicted catastrophe points to a total disregard by the government. How long will our culture, history, nature and society be mistreated?”
– Os Gemeos, Facebook


~ Os Gemeos ~ Photo: streetartnews.net

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Who Is Anarkia ?

Panmela Castro, better known as Anarkia Bolando, is a graffiti and street artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“I started graffiti on the street in 2005 but before that I was a pixadora. In reality I flirted with graffiti for 5 years before I started painting. Pixacao is more or less what people outside Brazil call tags, which means writing your name with spray paint on a wall, although it grew differently here, as a self contained culture. Here there is the thing about writing names as high as possible on buildings and to make sequences, so pixacao took on its own characteristics. I started through a friend who studied at the time, who started to pixar to get in with the boys at school, and it worked for her.”

~ By Anarkia ~

~ By Anarkia ~

“A pixador is a normal person – they could be firemen, policemen or teachers. They are normal people but instead of going out to a dance or to play football they go out to pixar, it’s their leisure…just that it’s illegal. The adrenaline that someone might get from motocross might be the same that someone gets from doing something illegal that happens to be writing their name on a wall.”
– Anarkia in interview for cultureisyourweapon.com

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