Stretching along the entrance to First Avenue just above New York’s iconic 42nd Street and rising above the world’s national flags that span the neighborhood, the panel measures approximately 350 square meters and will Officially launched on Friday.
The artist, who has more than 20 other works on display around the city, told UN News it celebrates sustainability – a central topic of debates taking place next week, when the United Nations raises Accelerated action towards meeting 2030 Sustainable development goals (SDGs).
This year’s United Nations Headquarters, also displays the artist’s work celebrating the second anniversary of Brazil’s independence.
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‘The future is here’
The description of his new work has impressed (and blasted the social media beta) all week, as the giant canvas is nearing completion, he says the themes are universal and urgent. .
“The message is about the planet that we pass on to our next generations. How are we taking care of our planet? Because the future is now. The future has begun, and we are all responsible for it. “
He said the mural features an “ordinary Brazilian” who shares the same feeling we should all feel, “taking care of the planet.”
“At the epicenter, you can see Latin America,” he told UN News. “I put it there precisely because of the care we have for our dear Amazon. “
The panel features a man and a child, with planet Earth in the middle. Mr. Kobra explained that it symbolizes a father giving a gift to his daughter, reflecting what he hopes to be. a new legacy of care for the environment, to be passed on to future generations.
It will be on display at least until December.
Working with the clock
To get everything ready in time for the start of Summit Week bringing together Heads of State and Government from around the world, the artist and his dedicated team worked long hours, sometimes late into the night. , didn’t stop until 5am.
“We had two or three rainy days. The entire painting process, which takes a week, will take longer, but we’re working on making it faster. “
Until recently, 11 more Kobra paintings were displayed at the delegates’ entrance to the United Nations Headquarters. The exhibition was brought together by invitation from the United Nations Mission in Brazil, to celebrate the nation’s biennial, earlier this month.
Mr. Kobra is one of the world’s leading street artists, and his work can be seen from the Brazilian megalopolis of São Paulo to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.