“THETWINS” as translated in English have grown up doing everything together and expressing their creativity through artistic expression. In the 1980’s as hip-hop culture grew in Brazil, OSGEMEOS became a dynamic art within the culture and began to display much of their work in public places. Using various techniques such as painting, sculpture, drawings and graffiti they overwhelmed the streets and created their own language. Today their work is featured globally with a mix of cultures and influences. They have held numerous solo and group shows in museums and galleries in several countries such as Cuba, Chile, the United States of America, Italy, Spain, England, Germany, Lithuania and Japan. Here at home in Canada OSGEMEOS transformed six silos at a Granville Island concrete manufacturing plant in Vancouver. The six silos were entilted “Giants” and were the biggest mural of their careers and the first in Canada. The six silos covered 2,183 square meters and located spectacularly beside the famous Public Market, Emily Carr University, and the docks, it is estimated 10.5 million visitors will see the mural each year.
“The first challenge of this project was to find a location that would fit with our idea. We did not want a conventional two-dimensional wall that we had done before: we wanted something different, special and unique. We have an ongoing project called Giants that has been realized in several places in the world such as Greece, USA, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Brazil and England, and we will continue now in Canada, but with a difference. As the proposed Biennale has a strong connection with sculpture, we decided to find a place where the painting can be transformed, creating a dialogue between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds. Another aim of this project is to bring new characters to Vancouver while sharing perspectives and cultures and establishing a relationship between the people who frequent this site and integrate this work into the city scenery. 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.”- OSGEMEOS