The spirit of the Olympics is supposed to be one of global brotherhood and fellowship, a biennial reminder that we are all just citizens of the world. Street artist Eduardo Kobra has whipped up a very special tribute to that idea for the 2016 Olympic Games now happening in his home country of Brazil, a 32,000-square-foot mural entitled Ethnias.
Ethnias is composed of massive, photo-realistic portraits of individuals representing various ethnicities, including the Huli of Papua New Guinea, the Tapajó people of the Brazilian Amazon, Thailand’s Karen people and the Mursi of Ethiopia. But it would be pointless to focus on that when the message of the piece is simple, according to the artist:
“Look at Europe, where people are rejecting refugees, rejecting what is different. I hope this mural, in the Olympic spirit, will help remind us that we are all different but all one: the human race.”
You have to be at the Olympics now to check out the work in person, but you can see the unveiling of Ethnias below.