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This 11-Acre Artwork Is So Big You Need To See It From The Air

Agus Echague

Artwork doesn't get much more monumental than Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada's Wish. The Earth portrait, which recently opened in Belfast, covers a full 11 acres and is made of 4,000 tons of local sand, soil, grass & stone. The image of a six-year-old local girl that it depicts makes almost no sense for a viewer within a few hundred feet. To get the full effect, you'll need a plane or, at the very least, one of Belfast's tallest rooftops.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is so incredible. I'm so amazed how artists plan these things. I wonder how he did it? Reminds me of JR's work- but he uses huge posters. Also- was this for a specific cause other than inspiring people to "question who we want to be, rather than who we currently are"? Seems like such an abstract idea. Would love to know more about the story of how he chose the girl he depicted.

    • Agus Echague

      Hey Ale, it was part of the Belfast Festival (belfastfestival.com). It was a humongous endeavour.
      "Several years in the making, WISH was first plotted on a grid using state-of-the-art Topcon GPS technology and 30,000 manually placed wooden stakes in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The portrait was then “drawn” with aid of volunteers who helped place nearly 8 million pounds of natural materials including soil, sand, and rock over a period of four weeks." You can read more about it (and see step-by-step pics) here: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/10/wish-jorge-rodriguez-gerada-belfast/

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Amazing. Really nice to see that a lot of local businesses DONATED supplies? Woah. That's pounds and pounds of supplies.