Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo were born with a lot of similarities. For starters they are twins. Secondly, they are both talented artists. The Brazilian born duo calls themselves OSGEMEOS, which translates to “The Twins.” Together they create some pretty incredible works of art. They have painted airplanes, subway walls, massive buildings and more. Yet, these 70 foot silos in Canada are their most “giant” work of art yet.
On Granville Island, situated in Vancouver, Canada, there are 6 silos lined up in a row, used for industrial purposes at the Ocean Cement manufacturing and distribution plant. The word ‘industrial’ in itself often leads the mind to think of bulky, un-attractive structures, and that’s exactly what these silos looked like before OSGEMEOS beautified the 70-foot bunch.
They have painted cities in Poland, the USA, Greece, Brazil, England, the Netherlands, and Portugal. OSGEMEOS has been working on an ongoing “Giants” mural theme around the world, which they incorporated into the silos, turning each silo into a different giant character. The murals wrap entirely around the silo, meaning that between all 6 there is a total of 23,500 square feet of painted space.
Surprisingly, the talented brothers were able to complete these giants in less than one month, marking the largest work of art in their collection as of now. This is also their first completed project in Canada.
The duo was looking for the right place to construct their next artwork when they uncovered the large Canadian silos, which called to them as the perfect blank canvass. They were ready for something other than the traditional two-dimensional walls they had painted plenty of times before. They say, “…we wanted something different, special and unique.”
While the goal is always to spruce up industrial sites and make them into public works of art that many people can appreciate, the brothers are also set on introducing the world to new characters and cultures.
These giant industrial silos are certainly unique, and at such towering heights they stand out from far in the distance.
The project is a part of the Vancouver Biennale, which is centered around turning an industrial landmark in Vancouver into a pretty piece of artwork. The water located nearby made the silos even more perfect for their creation since the team considers water a big part of their work.
OSGEMEOS says, “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.”
This is a popular part of Canada where people frequently visit, meaning many will have the chance to see the awesome display. Nearby is the Public Market, Emily Carr University, and boat docks that bring in over 10 million visitors annually.
The project cost a total of $126,250–which is a lot of money! In order to help cover these costs the Biennale began a crowd-funding venture to raise $20,000 of the associated costs.
Growing up in Cambuci (located in Sao Paulo, Brazil), OSGEMEOS used their art to communicate, and once people saw their talent they were pushed to further their interests. It was right on the streets of their hometown where they learned how to paint, sculpt, and draw using a variety of techniques.
All their hard work and creativity has certainly paid off. Today you can see outstanding works of art created by the twins all over the world.
“Every city needs art and art has to be in the middle of the people.”– OSGEMEOS.