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  • Famed Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra poses in front of his mural in Sao Paulo, set to be the world's largest, March 31, 2017.

    Famed Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra poses in front of his mural in Sao Paulo, set to be the world's largest, March 31, 2017. | Photo: EFE

Published 1 April 2017

The new mural will be seen head-on from a busy freeway that crosses the Sao Paulo municipality of Itapevi.

One of the most internationally renowned street artists is painting in Sao Paulo the world's largest mural, a record that he himself set last year in Rio de Janeiro.

At 61,725 square feet, the latest work by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra is in the process of covering the wall of a chocolate factory in the Sao Paulo metropolitan region, where the muralist has staked his claim to fame for more than a decade.

On his new 98-foot high canvas, Kobra is painting a scene of the cacao harvest in the Brazilian Amazon that includes a young Indian paddling a canoe loaded with cacao down a chocolate river.

"A photographer documented the Amazon and from the photos I developed 30 drawings to work up the final image," Kobra told EFE in an interview.

"Sao Paulo is known for its diversity of styles and talents, which has made it into a true open-air gallery that is admired worldwide.”

Kobra began his graffiti mural a month ago and will finish it in the next 15 days.

The artist is out to break his own record, which made the Guinness Book of Records with the mural "Ethnicities: We Are All One," a gift to the city of Rio de Janeiro during last year's Olympic Games.

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