Sandra Cinto “Encontro das Águas”

Currently on view at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion is this massive mural made with just blue paint and silver paint pen. São Paulo-based artist Sandra Cinto, along with a team of two assistants and 20 local volunteers, worked tirelessly for two weeks (nine hour each day) to complete this incredible installation. Called Encontro das Águas (or Encounter of Waters), it’s entirely hand drawn. (That means every last line!)

Cinto was influenced by many artists that came before her. These include 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.

Cinto placed a wooden boat in front of the mural and, in the interior of the boat’s structure, added a digitally scanned and rendered black vinyl sticker of an abstract raft. According to the Seattle Museum, the drawing “symbolizes hope, survival and human endurance.”

This impressive installation will remain in the Pavilion until April 14, 2013. If you’re in Seattle, make sure to check it out. For everyone else, watch the video, below, to really get a sense of its scale.

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