SATELLITE JELLYFISH by Gooze
Painting the side of a gigantic abandoned and unused silo building in the port of Antwerp.
Once again, we had the honor to invite Russian artist and friend Gooze! In the framework of Tizarte festival (happening from 14-23 September 2018 in Antwerp) we decided to create a “little” masterpiece on an old and abandoned grain silo in the middle of the docks.
29 meters tall, and 21 meters wide. How do you start with something this size? Simple: a roller and 7 buckets of paint, a good telescopic lift, no fear of the wind and an agile machinist. It took our artist only 6 days to paint the facade from top to toe. Impressive work if you see how much detail was put into this jellyfish from outer space. To get things started in this lovely city, we first had to ask permission to the local government. As many of you know it’s a process that can take a minimum of three months. On top of that we needed to contact the owners of this project site, to make sure we were able to enter the domain and paint safely without any rat plague bothering us, or maybe even worse: that the building would crash down. Luckily, after a super inspection all was good to go. The place was fenced and walled off and we were able to paint to our hearts content.
There’s much to be told about how wind can fly around your ears, how curious rats can stare at you from below during the evening hours, how many cars and boats passed by during our work, and above all: how you should not try this at home. But in the end, we landed another successful mural project with amazing comments and words from pretty much everyone that passed by. Even truckers honked their horns as means of saying that we were doing a good job.
Rumor has it that this building will be demolished (with dynamite :-D) at some point in time, due to the construction of a new highway that connects the ring road of Antwerp.
We’ll see about that…
About the artist
Thanks to Zanzibar, Part of Antwerp, the port of Antwerp, BAM nv, Gerken Hoogwerkers and Street art Antwerp we were able to create the biggest mural in Antwerp to date.
Video edit by Dmitry Kalominsky