Las Etnias, world's largest fresco
Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra set a new world record during the Rio 2016 Olympics: he created Las Etnias (ethnic groups), the world's largest fresco ever performed by a single person. Diversity and tolerance are the key words regarding this outrageous painting. 620-feet long and 50-feet high, this humanist work displays five colourful faces that you'll be able to study in detail.
Inspired by the Olympic rings and the games cultural multiplicity, these portraits show little known populations straight from the five continents. Admire Mursis from Ethiopia, Karens from Thailand, Supis from Europe, Hulis from Papua New Guinea and Tapajos from Brazil. This colossal undertaking required 1,900 litres of paint and 3,500 spray cans. Completed in over two months, it fills 32,300 sqf of wall space on a disused warehouse of Rio's docks.
Rio de Janeiro
Masses have their photograph taken by Alfredo Segatori
The Return of Quinquela (El regreso de Quinquela) is the largest fresco ever created in Argentina. It can be found in Buenos Aires and was performed by Alfredo Segatori on the front of a factory. It represents 21,500 sqf of portraits including workers, locals and Argentinean painter Benito Quinquela.
According to a local custom, it is common to represent the owners of the surface the painter uses to let their imagination and creativity run wild. A first fresco performed in 1994 was the inception for the project, which actually began in 2013. Over 328 feet in length and 42 in height, this is a piece you won't forget anytime soon.
Late 2014, Alfredo Segatori painted more than 70 workers portraits on the walls of their houses, before tackling on a new phase of his work: creating a 7,500 sqf fresco on a building close to the factory. Never satisfied, the artist then started on a new piece, this time directly over the façade of freight transport company Alfa Logistica, in the same neighbourhood.
Bellavista, bohemian and artsy neighbourhood
Located in Santiago's city centre, there's no better place in Chile than the Bellavista neighbourhood when it comes to street art. As a hotspot of urban artistic expression, this open-air gallery lets you admire frescoes on most walls, building façades and staircases. And nothing is left to chance. You'll need several hours to contemplate these heartfelt and lively works of art the way they really deserve to be seen.
As part of a redevelopment area, the project began in 1969 to be shortly after abandoned during the dictatorship that ruled the country. It was relaunched in 1992 with 70 artists taking over, such as Francisco Méndez, Eduardo Pérez, Maria Martner, Roberto Matta and Nemesio Antúnez. Every street art lover should see the Bellavista neighbourhood at least once in their life.
Wynwood and its famous Walls
Wynwood is a neighbourhood in North Miami known for its collection of urban artwork deemed amongst the most beautiful in the world. Since 2009, the Wynwood Walls, as they're called, are covered with frescoes expressing the unfailing creativity of the twenty or so artists who created them. Street art has now spread to the entire neighbourhood, looking like an open-air art gallery on its own, which millions of visitors come to contemplate. Here, freedom to create is a given.
If your goal is to admire them all in detail, you should probably provision half a day. From French artist Miss Van's masked women to Brazilian group Os Gemeos' multicoloured scenes and American creator Shepard Fairey's painting, they all left their very graphic mark on Wynwood's walls. Discover what Forbes and Vogue declared one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Miami.
Edgar Mueller, 3D talent
In Dún Laoghaire, about 8 miles from Dublin, but also in the Moscow Gorky Park in Russia or at Geldern in Germany, Edgar Mueller keeps on surprising passersby with his very realistic ground frescoes. The three dimensional aspect thrusts you in a trompe l'oeil optical illusion so disconcerting you will truly wonder how in the world the street artist managed to get those results. You'll find yourself immersed into incredible and fictitious sites, under extreme yet perfectly safe conditions. Edgar Mueller's technique is precise and breathtakingly naturalistic. You simply have to stand at a precise spot to feel like you're falling in an endless pit, walking on water or levitating. Walking the earth for new surfaces where to express his talent, Mueller continues to disrupt reality with his signature.