An Argentinian artist has created a giant mural of Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in downtown San Francisco in order to amplify her message and get the people listening and acting.
Argentinian artist Andrés Petreselli, otherwise known as Cobre, created the 18-metre-tall, 9-metres-wide mural, which was unveiled on November 12 overlooking passersby on Mason Street near Union Square in San Francisco.
Cobre, who is known for his hyper-realistic portraits, was approached by environmental non-profit One Atmosphere to create the mural about a year ago. The organisation had seen the artist’s other work, particularly his mural of American actor and comedian Robin Williams.
Greta Thunberg first became known after striking from school in August 2018 when, at age 15, she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to draw attention to the issue of climate change. Since then, she has inspired millions from around the world to join her in protesting against inaction on global warming.
One Atmosphere helped Cobre get permission for the wall and covered the costs of painting materials. Executive director, Paul Scott, said his group hopes it will be the first of a number of works honouring climate-change activists like Greta Thunberg.
“If we can amplify her message and get more people involved and listening to what she’s saying, then we’re doing some good,” he said. He also said that the overall feedback on the mural has been ‘incredibly positive’ and that the most critical reactions were from those who haven’t recognised her.
Via designboom | Images courtesy of Cobre