Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada recently revealed this 11-acre portrait of an anonymous girl made by plotting a grid with Topcon GPS technology and then placing 30,000 stakes in Belfast's Titanic Qurter. Volunteers then placed almost 8 million pounds of soil, sand, and rock to complete the final portrait! (via)
Jorge is a founder of the New York Culture Jamming movement and an innovator in the international urban art scene. Since the late 90´s he has been replacing the faces of cultural icons chosen by advertisers with the faces of anonymous people to question the controls imposed on public space, the role models designated and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory. Rodríguez-Gerada´s unique direction was mentioned in Naomi Klein´s book No Logo and was a precursor of the use of anonymous portraits now common in street art. His spectacular interventions are created for the sake of bringing awareness to relevant social issues. His large scale time base works avoid negative impact on the environment, challenge the conformity in contemporary art and allow for a reflection that goes beyond the completion of the piece to focus in its concept, process, and the metaphor that comes forth because of the material chosen.