Regarding his expansive artwork Jorge Rodríguez-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.
“It was very important for me that the viewer has no idea if this girl is Catholic, Protestant, or other,” he told The Irish Times. “She is simply a beautiful child, her eyes staring out at the future, full of joy.”
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 Rodríguez-Gerada