Las Etnias

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‘We are all connected,’ says street artist creating record-breaking mural for Rio 2016 Games

Graffiti isn’t an Olympic sport, but if it were then Eduardo Kobra would win gold for his 2787 square meter mural that he painted for this year’s Rio Olympics.

The mural, titled Las Etnias (The Ethnicities) stands a astonishing 15 meters tall and can be found in Rio’s port district. It features five faces from five different continents that represent both the five Olympic rings as well as the cultural diversity of the games.

Kobra worked on the piece for two months, and during that time he used 100 gallons of white paint, 400 gallons of coloured paint and 3,500 cans of spray paint. If confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records, Kobra’s mural will be the world’s largest mural completed by a single man.

“These are the indigenous people of the world,” says Kobra on the Rio 2016 official website. “The idea behind it is that we are all one. We’re living through a very confusing time with a lot of conflict. I wanted to show that everyone is united, we are all connected.”










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Ross grew up on the wrong side of the Jukskei. He studied at Vega and was awarded the Top Student prize at his graduation. After working as a freelancer for four years, he founded Nicework with Ben Vorster. He has a penchant for Scandinavian wood furniture and really nice shirts. He is open to bribery- all iPads are welcome. He also likes chocolate cake and is happily married.

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