Cuban-American artist, Jorge RodrÃguez-Gerada has created another of his signature monumental portraits for the 2013 Ulster Bank Belfast International Festival at Queens. Located in the Titanic Quarter, WISH features the image of a local girl who may only be viewed from the highest points in the city or by airplane. Intended to represent hope for the future, RodrÃguez-Gerada began WISH about a year ago. He started by placing over 30,000 wooden stakes guided by Topcon GPS technology. The image was made with the help of volunteers who added eight million pounds of soil, rocks, and sand on the ground over four weeks.
Regarding his expansive artwork Jorge RodrÃguez-Gerada offers, “Working at very large scales becomes a personal challenge but it also allows me to bring attention to important social issues, the size of the piece is intrinsic to the value of its message. Creativity is always applied in order to define an intervention made only with local materials, with no environmental impact, that work in harmony with the location.”
The smiling face seems to be a plea to the heavens, asking for peace and perhaps a little help from beyond. Like most human activity, each mark on the landscape only seems to make sense once put into a larger context.
âIt was very important for me that the viewer has no idea if this girl is Catholic, Protestant, or other,â he told The Irish Times. âShe is simply a beautiful child, her eyes staring out at the future, full of joy.â
According to the Belfast Telegraph, WISH is the largest land art portrait in the UK and Ireland. Visitors can view the piece through October 27.
via This is Colossal
Images via Flickr user Titanic Belfast and Jorge RodrÃguez-Gerada