A 600-metre wall of street art surrounds São Paulo Airport, but this is no act of mindless vandalism: it’s an unashamed celebration of Brazilian football history.
The artist behind it, Paulo Consentino, had already brightened up a wall at Santos celebrating Pele's legacy, and doggedly sought permission to work on a wider canvas. "I noticed this could work if planned properly: Brazil is opening itself for great street artists and football was an obvious topic. But it took me six months to get authorisation…"
It features images from iconic World Cup moments, including all five victories plus Falcao's memorable goal celebration in 1982, represented here. And fittingly for a series of images captured using the Xperia Z1 Compact
, the style of image reflects changing technology.
“On one side it’s more black and white to remember 1958 and 1962," explains Consentino, who is interviewed in the new issue of FourFourTwo, out now. "It gets brighter by 1970, when fans had their first colour TVs. The images get brighter as technology develops.”
For instance, the blue strip of 1994 comes to life in this depiction of Romario and Bebeto's famous cradle-rocking celebration (the newborn Bebeto was celebrating, Mattheus Oliveira, is now a Brazil U20 international playing for Flamengo).
The baby-rocking photo was taken from 20 metres away. With the Xperia Z1 Compact
’s 20.7MP camera, zoom and photo-editing capabilities, you don’t need to stand in the São Paulo traffic to get the shot.
How can one camera capture such a big collection of paintings with one shot? The Xperia Z1 Compact has the ingenious Sweep Panorama feature: start it up then scan your phone from one side to the other…