Twins Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo – known as OSGEMEOS (The Twins) – are a team of talented artists who honed their craft on the streets of their hometown; Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a duo, they have painted airplanes, buildings and subway walls among others, but their latest work is their most grandiose yet.
They have been working on a project called “Giants”, creating massive murals all over the world, in countries such as Poland, Greece, Brazil, England, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the US.
The latest chapter of their project was working on six 70-foot silos on Granville Island in Vancouver. The silos, part of the Ocean Cement manufacturing and distribution plant, were their first work in Canada.
The goal of the project is to convert industrial sites from looking bland and dystopian to imaginative artwork that the public can appreciate. With the silos looking on towards the heart of mainland Vancouver, this was an opportunity for the twins to brighten up the city in a unique and magnificent fashion.
The silos, to the twins, were the perfect blank canvas for their next work.
The piece was part of a wider project, the Vancouver Biennale, a bi-annual art festival focusing on turning local industrial landmarks into a beautiful cultural showcase.
The duo needed to paint 23,500 square feet of wall to cover the entire surface of the silos – making this their largest work to date. Quite remarkably, they were able to complete it in under a month.
The site had personal and cultural significance to the twins, particularly the relationship between the sea and the land:
“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.
OSGEMEOS were able to use crowd-funding to raise $20,000 of the $126,250 project cost.
“Every city needs art and art has to be in the middle of the people.”– OSGEMEOS.