Granville Island is a tourist destination populated with specialty shops, food markets and art galleries that’s accessible via a short ferry ride from the Vancouver waterfront. It was there that I stumbled upon this monumental work of public art locked away behind the security fences at Ocean Concrete. I immediately recognized the larger-than-life mural, entitled Giants, as the creation of one of my favorite street artist duos, Brazilian twin brothers Gustavo and Otávio Pandolfo a.k.a. Os Gemeos.
Something I learned from the descriptive plaque posted outside the gates is that the brothers both dream in a yellow-tinge that is the trademark shade of their characters’ skin, as seen here and in all of the work.
For Giants, Os Gemeos covered six Ocean Concrete silos and 23,500 square feet of surface space with 14,000 cans of spray paint. Giants is the artists’ largest urban artwork to-date and is visible from land, see, and air. The work was commissioned and completed in 2014.
Since the work sits on private property, and it’s impossible to enter the concrete plant or get close enough to see all 6 silos, only 4 to 5 of silos are visible to on-lookers from this ground perspective. You can read more about Giants and see all 6 silos at This Link.