Inside the World's Largest Drawing: Oiwa Island 2
Brazilian-born, Japanese artist, Oscar Oiwa created the world’s largest drawing solely of black permanent marker on a vinyl canvas.
by Amber Chen
Date Published: 04/09/2016
Oiwa Island 2
When looking at an old soy sauce warehouse on Shodo Island, Japan, no one would ever consider it to be anything more than just that. But for artist Oscar Oiwa, it is the sanctuary in which his inflatable dome piece Oiwa Island 2 was brought to life.
From the outside, the 40-feet diameter dome is reminiscent of a plain hot air balloon, but enter through the flap, and now you’ve walked out of “your cottage” into “Oiwa’s Island.” Oiwa Island 2 gifts its onlookers with an overwhelming 360-degree panoramic view of the Setouchi landscape in Japan interpreted through Oiwa’s masterful artistry. Depicting the comfort of home, wildness of the forest, calmness of the sea, and the infinite sky, the piece takes its audience to an entirely new world beyond their imaginations.
The style in which the piece was drawn can only be described as a magnificent mixture of traditional Japanese art, zentangle, and realism. Drawn entirely with black permanent marker on white vinyl, Oiwa Island 2’s contrasting colors have a bold impact to its already impressive visuals.
Check out the video below to see how Oiwa Island 2 was created!