Brazilian street artist creates giant mural for Rio Olympics

Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra works on his huge mural representing the five continents, at the Olympic Boulevard, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 14, 2016. AFP

Just as the city of Rio de Janeiro is busy preparing for the Olympics, a Brazilian street artist has come up with a novel idea to create one of the world’s largest murals in time for the Games.

Eduardo Kobra has decided to create the 3-thousand square meter mural, named “Ethnicities”.

He is leading a team of artists who are working around the clock in a race to complete the painting.

The mural represents indigenous groups from all continents as inspired by the Olympic rings that represent the five competing continents.

Officials say the giant painting will be revealed a week before the Opening Ceremony.

Kobra is famous for his colorful murals such as his portrait of Albert Einstein in Los Angeles. He usually depicts portraits with a technique of repeating squares and triangles.

Kobra uses bold lines, and maintains a multi-colored theme throughout his art.

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