Go big or go home only partially applies to Os Gêmeos. Because even at home in Brazil, nay especially in São Paulo, the trailblazing twins go gigantic in their art, literally: Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo have populated walls around the world with yellow-faced giants, a tribe topped so far by their largest installation yet, for the Vancouver Biennale. With the city awash in museum-caliber contemporary public art, the brothers transformed six 70-foot-tall industrial silos on Granville Island into genuflecting giants, jolly with details: retro patterns, stretched stitches, jaunty man-purses (If I were charged with styling the Giants, I would have put them in spunky shorts like these to save them from knee patches).
What could have constituted a million-dollar installation, requiring a full month of the twins’ time, is instead a publicly-funded, nonprofit project. To recoup their hard costs of $125,000, Os Gêmeos turned to Indiegogo. Donations are still being accepted (through September 21); thank-you perks include “good karma” for $5 CAD (“Congratulations, you can now add ‘Patron of the Arts’ to your LinkedIn profile and have eternal bragging rights with your friends by sponsoring 2.5 square feet of the mural”) to a limited-edition poster ($185 CAD) – printed merch the brothers have never before sanctioned.
“Every city needs art,” the twins say on their fundraising page, “and art has to be in the middle of the people.” Towering above the bustle, eccentric sentinels.