For the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics, artist Eduardo Kobra revealed a 3,000 square meter piece of graffiti in Rio. The mural was inspired by the five rings seen on the Olympic flag that represent each continent. Within the painting is five figures representing natives from each continent. The beautiful piece has been named 'Etnias,' which is the Portuguese word for 'ethnicities.' The entire piece took 40 days to complete with the finished product breaking a world record; Kobra's artwork is now considered the largest mural in the world to be created by a single artist.
The grand mural accomplishes several things: it reaches a younger demographic with its street art components, it plays on the emotion and international camaraderie of the Olympic games, it's a spectacular way for the artist to become recognized worldwide and it creates one more tourist attraction for people to visit in Brazil.