Cuban-American contemporary artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is known for his enormous portrait art. His latest project WISH – a part of the Belfast Festival in Northern Ireland – took four weeks of work and can be seen either as aerial view from top points of Belfast or people can also walk around the installation itself. The artwork is situated on 11 acres of land and was finished with the help of volunteers placing about 8 million pounds of soil, sand, and rock throughout the area.
“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 works in harmony with the location.” – says the artist.