We reached our first $20,000! Let's keep the momentum going all the way to $125,000.
AFTER - GRANVILLE ISLAND SIDE
AFTER - WATER SIDE
CELEBRATING GREAT PUBLIC ART
We took the saying, “Go Big or Go Home” literally when we chose this project. Imagine a 360-degree, 70-foot (21 metre) tall outdoor mural that’s over 23,500 square feet (7,162 metres) in size. And it’s not just any mural.
This one is designed and created by OSGEMEOS, two uber-exciting Brazilian artists who happen to be identical twin brothers. OSGEMEOS, which literally means “the twins”, have taken the Contemporary art world by storm. This is their biggest project to date and their first in Canada.
The mural will be painted on the six gigantic industrial Ocean Concrete silos on Vancouver’s Granville Island. The location attracts 10.5 million visitors a year from around the globe, so the mural is destined to become one of the most recognizable and iconic works of public art anywhere in the world.
"Every city needs art and art has to be in the middle of the people"
“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. The Biennale has a strong connection with sculpture, so 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. The connection between water and land on Granville Island 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
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Who says you have to be a gazillionaire to be a patron of the arts?
Everyone is doing their bit to make this project possible, but we still have a little over $125,000 in hard costs to cover. Had it not been for the generosity of OSGEMEOS, Ocean Concrete and the curatorial, administrative and project management support from the Vancouver Biennale, this would have easily been a million dollar project. So we’re putting the “public” back into public art and asking the global community to help us.
Our immediate goal is to raise $20,000 to help complete the project. Be part of the global team. Your $5, $10, $50 will get us there.
WHO ARE WE?
The project is part of the Vancouver Biennale and personifies what our organization is all about, accessibility to great art where people live, work, play and transit. The “Be-en-ah-lay” is a registered Canadian non-profit charitable organization (Canada Revenue Agency #851954273RR0001), that exhibits museum-caliber contemporary art in public space, creating an Open Air Museum that is a catalyst for learning, community engagement and social action.
The Vancouver Biennale has a proven track record delivering exhibitions of the highest artistic merit, in the most coveted locations. The Biennale features internationally renowned and emerging Contemporary artists that represent a diversity of cultural perspectives and artistic disciplines, including sculpture, new media, performance works and film.
To date, 100 artists from 27 countries and 4 continents have participated in the Vancouver Biennale with 124 public art interventions. The Biennale has also facilitated the donation of $2.5 million dollars worth of public art to our host cities as a lasting legacy of our exhibitions, including the iconic A-maze-ing Laughter, which was the only work of public art nominated as one of the Greatest Places in Canada.
DETAILED PROJECT BUDGET: CHECK OUT THE NUMBERS
This is a non-profit project for OSGEMEOS.
Ocean Concrete has generously offered
the silos at no charge and have given us considerable time, energy and
expertise needed to turn an industrial site into a work of art.
The Vancouver Biennale is covering
all curatorial costs, project management costs, promotional costs and
administration costs throughout the 2-year process from curatorial vision
through to the realization of the complete mural. The Biennale has also
negotiated gifts-in-kind and deep discounts on most of the materials and labour
- Hard costs for the project are:
· Airfare (OSGEMEOS + 4 team members): $16,000
· Hotel + small living stipend: $6,250
· Paint and labour for prep work and base coat: $46,000
· 1,400 cans of spray paint for detailed mural artwork: $21,000
· Lift equipment rental: $17,000
· “Plasticiens Volantis” inflatable parade: $20,000
(Note: this is a 30-metre tall inflatable likeness of an OSGEMEOS character that will be used for a Granville Island celebration event)
TOTAL Project Costs: $126,250
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There are many ways to participate. Donate funds and receive one of our awesome Perks. Every dollar helps bring great art to public space.
It’s also a HUGE help if you spread the word globally among your friends, family, and co-workers by using Indiegogo’s (very neat) ‘Share Tools’.
The more people who hear about our project, the more successful we'll be in reaching our goal. It’s as simple as that!