Each line in this beautiful silvery wave was rendered by hand – . Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto, along with her team of two assistants and 20 local volunteers, spent nine hours each day for two painstaking weeks, using just blue paint and silver paint pen – to create this gorgeous installation: Encontro das Águas (or Encounter of Waters).
Cinto was influenced by French painter Théodore Géricault and his oil painting The Raft of the Medusa and Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and his famous woodblock print, The Great Wave (a piece of art that I would love to own).
To complete her story of the sea, Cinto placed a wooden boat in front of the mural and a digitally scanned and rendered black vinyl sticker of an abstract raft inside the boat. Her finished piece “symbolizes hope, survival and human endurance.”
Currently at Seattle Museum‘s Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion, this massive mural will remain on view until April 14, 2013. If you’re in Seattle, make sure to check it out. If you can’t be there (like me), watch the video, below, it gives you a great sense of the piece’s scale.