Some of the airports around Brazil may not be totally completed in time for the World Cup, but the Brazilian soccer team’s plane sure is. Brazilian artists and identical twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, aka “Os Gemeos,” painted a giant mural on the body of the Boeing 737 and it looks awesome. (The wings were left untouched because of security concerns.)
The artists were the first to think of the idea, which they originally dreamed up apart from the World Cup, according to Artnet.com. The duo is no stranger to painting large objects, including trains, large buildings and even a castle. But when the Brazilian air carrier Gol heard about the twins’ idea, they “saw it as an opportunity,” a spokeswoman for Os Gemeos told Artnet.
That’s when the idea turned into about 1,200 cans of spray paint on a plane. The artists said via Artnet:
“Besides the enormous challenge, for we painted in a totally unconventional medium, the concept of this work is to give unrestricted access to our art. We depicted the Brazilian population with all its varied and colorful ethnicity, bringing this work to the skies and airports in Brazil for the period of two years.”
After those two years, who knows what will happen to the plane. Judging from the artist’s past projects, the airliner could go to auction, where it could make a mint. (Perhaps to finally pay for the completion of those airports?) For comparison, reasonably sized Os Gemeos works on canvas can fetch prices into the six figures at auction houses such as Christie’s. So, let’s see, a Boeing 737 generally costs upwards of $80 million… add to that some one-of-a-kind art and… Well, this is just a depressing exercise now. Hopefully, the plane ends up in a museum for everyone to see.