“A happy artist is one who, when he matures, continues painting as he did when he was a child using the painting of his soul and heart. Art is the union of a masterful technique with a pure feeling,” artist Oscar Olivares from Venezuela said in one of his Instagram posts.
Olivares has always used art not only to be happy but also to express his feelings and thoughts. He wanted people to feel the same happiness he felt while drawing or painting when they look at his artworks. Recently, he once again impressed with a gigantic mural he created. But, this was not just an ordinary gigantic mural because it was made with recycled plastic bottle caps and container lids. It was created to raise awareness among the residents of Caracas about the ecological problems that the country faces.
The plastic cap mural is reportedly one of the largest ecological murals in South America and the first of its kind in Venezuela, made up of over 200,000 various plastic caps. It took over three months to complete the mural on a wall of a small square, Plaza Escalona in El Hatillo Municipality, Caracas. According to BoredPanda, a Lithuanian website that publishes articles about "lightweight and inoffensive topics,” it extends a total of 45 meters in length, measuring 3.5 meters at its shortest point and 7.25 meters at its highest point.
Together with other artists, Olivares went through several steps to make the mural. This includes applying a coat of white paint, placing a grid for the design, collecting the plastic covers and cleaning them, preparing the mixture, placing the caps, and adding the finishing touches. “At first, it sounds impossible, but I did some research and dove deep into pointillism and color. It helped me understand that it was not only possible to make a good mural using caps, but also something hard yet impressive and thus worth it,” the 23-year-old artist said.