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Brickworks Limited tribute, Sydney, Australia

Thursday 25 Mar 2010

A presidential portrait with a twist

Barack Obama 
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Brick tribute unveiled despite President Obama's no-show 

This fantastic 10m x 10m brick tribute to Barack Obama was unveiled in Sydney on 23 March to welcome the American president to Australia on his first international trip of this year. When the president cancelled his trip following adjustments to his domestic agenda, the jilted bricklayers added the cheeky header, asking Obama ‘Where the bloody hell are ya?’

Brickworks Limited were the inventive team behind this quirky project, using both full and half bricks glazed in various colours from their Austral Bricks Burlesque and Dynasty ranges to show the versatility of their building products. Over five days, two bricklayers and two labourers used 3,799 full bricks and 2,406 half bricks to create the tribute by hand, ready to welcome President Obama.

Although this project may seem a one-off, gimmick, last September the company constructed a similar image of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on the same 10m by 10m scale. The company claim to have made these murals in an attempt to inspire others to be more creative with the humble brick, to experiment with their own murals, sculptures or furniture in commercial or urban spaces. Whilst 56 bags of cement and 4 tonnes of sand were used to create the mortar mix for each of these projects, smaller designs can be just as effective. Send us your own creations to newsdesk@worldarchitecturenews.com

Sian Disson

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