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Brazilian street artists transform gigantic Granville Island silos

WATCH: Ocean Concrete is Granville Island’s last tie to to its industrial past, and now six concrete silos are being transformed by two famous Brazilian street artists. Elaine Yong reports.

Vancouver – Already brimming with exotic fruits, buckets of fresh flowers and costumed buskers, Granville Island just got even more colourful.

One of Canada’s favourite tourist destinations, drawing an estimated 10 million visitors each year, the island has begun luring eyeballs to places most visitors don’t usually look , thanks to a new 21-metre outdoor mural.

Ocean Concrete has long served as Granville Island’s last tie to its industrial past. It’s six grey concrete silos are being transformed into a piece of public art by a duo of innovative Brazilian street artists.

Os Gemeos are identical twin brothers from Sao Paolo, making a Canadian debut with their biggest work to date.

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WATCH: Brazilian artists Os Gemeos work on their piece for the Vancouver Biennale called ‘Giants’

The pair gained international acclaim during the 2014 World Cup by designing the FIFA World Cup Boeing 737.

The mural is part of the Vancouver Biennale’s 2014-2016 exhibition, a non-profit organization that celebrates art in public spaces.  Public crowd source funding is helping to offset the cost of the $125,000 project.

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Os Gemeos will unveil the finished work at a public celebration on September 7, 2014.

 

Detailing on Os Gemeos' giant mural on Vancouver's Granville Island.
Detailing on Os Gemeos' giant mural on Vancouver's Granville Island. Sergio Magro/Global News
Ocean Concrete silos on Granville Island painted by two world famous Brazilian street artists known as Os Gemeos.
Ocean Concrete silos on Granville Island painted by two world famous Brazilian street artists known as Os Gemeos. Sergio Magro/Global News
Graffiti artists and identical twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo working on 'Giants.'.
Graffiti artists and identical twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo working on 'Giants.'. Sergio Magro/Global News
A view of the Os Gemeos work from the False Creek side.
A view of the Os Gemeos work from the False Creek side. Sergio Magro/Global News
The Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit organization that celebrates art in public space.
The Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit organization that celebrates art in public space. Sergio Magro/Global News
Picture of the airplane painted by Os Gemeos, that transported the Brazilian national football team across the country during the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.
Picture of the airplane painted by Os Gemeos, that transported the Brazilian national football team across the country during the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. Douglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images
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The work of Os Gemeos on the Tate Modern for the launch of a street art exhibition in May 2008, London, England. And the giant mural titled "Yellow Man" is visible on a building facade in Oppelner Strasse in Kreuzberg district in Berlin, Germany.
The work of Os Gemeos on the Tate Modern for the launch of a street art exhibition in May 2008, London, England. And the giant mural titled "Yellow Man" is visible on a building facade in Oppelner Strasse in Kreuzberg district in Berlin, Germany. Sean Gallup/Cate Gillon/Getty Images