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Os Gêmeos Mark Up Brazil Soccer Team’s World Cup Jet

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The dynamic Brazilian artist duo known as Os Gêmeos, identical twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, have covered the Brazilian national soccer team’s plane for the World Cup in their wildly colorful, signature designs that blend folk art with street art. Nearly every surface of the jet’s exterior (with the exception of the wings, for security reasons) has been spray-painted with their colorful characters with yellow and brown faces that are meant to represent the people of Brazil. The figures often sport quirky, unusual clothes and have calm, cool facial expressions.

The Boeing 737 will transport the Brazilian team from city to city during the upcoming World Cup, which will take place throughout Brazil starting next month. The idea for the project came from the Pandolfo brothers themselves, though originally, it was not linked to the World Cup. Having tackled passenger trains, buildings, a castle, and a series of other large objects, the brothers came up with the idea of tagging a plane. Then Brazilian air carrier GOL saw it as an opportunity, and the project took shape from there, a spokeswoman for the artists explained. Os Gêmeos tagged the plane in a hangar in Belo Horizonte, taking a week to complete the project and using about 1,200 cans of spray paint. After the World Cup, the plane will remain active in the GOL fleet for two years.

“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,” explained the artists in a statement emailed to artnet News. “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.” Galeria Fortes Vilaça will also open a show of their work at its warehouse in Galpão, Brazil, on June 29.