A massive mural on the side of 26 Second Avenue was completed over the weekend by Os Gêmeos, “the twins” known to their mother as Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. Described on their Instagram as an “independent project,” the work is dedicated “to the golden era #oldschool #mural #hiphop – Respect to everyone that has made and continues to keep the real Hiphop alive!”
So happy to do an independent project in NYC on Second Avenue and 1st Street #eastvillage. We love #nyc !!! To the golden era #oldschool #mural #hiphop – Respect to everyone that has made and continues to keep the real Hiphop alive ! Thanks to @yanouaknine @alizezanyc @jr @dozegreen @marthacoopergram @morbros and our crew ✨#osgemeos Projeto Independente em NYC. Dedicado a todos que fizeram parte e continuam mantendo a cultura #hiphop viva.
Originally from Brazil, the twins started creating street art inspired by hip-hop culture in the 1980s, per their website. Now they exhibit their mix of sculpture, paintings, animation and graffiti around the globe. Last week their work graced billboards in Times Square as part of the Midnight Moment series. According to CNN Style, the brothers described the project as an interaction between the real and imaginary world.
Take a closer look at the East Village mural and you’ll see faces on a pin, on the shoes — you might even notice the speakers staring at you. Unfortunately, the B-boy and his grooving boom box will suffer death by development when a 10-story building goes up in the empty lot next to 26 Second Avenue. Go check him out before the Taylor Swift fans win.