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.


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