When you first glance at Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada's artwork called "WISH," you might think "oh, that's nice."
"WISH" was made for a festival in Ireland by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. (AFP/Getty Images)
But what if we told you that it's actually "land art" -- meaning "WISH" is a landscaped design that covers 11 acres.
That response might go from just "nice" to "unbelievable," right?
An aerial photo of Britain and Ireland's largest land art at Belfast's Titanic Quarter in Northern Ireland, Oct. 23, 2013. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Spanning 11 acres, the artwork by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, is made up from 30,000 pegs, 2,000 tons of soil and 2,000 tons of sand. The land art shows the face of an anonymous 6-year-old Belfast girl. Rodriguez-Gerada said the land art, which was put together with the help of an army of local volunteer, is the largest he has ever produced. (AFP/Getty Images)
This Cuban-American artist puts even the most elaborate crop circles to shame.
In a personal statement on his website, Rodriguez-Gerada says he enjoys to "continually explore new materials." He's not kidding.
Creating "WISH" in Belfast, Ireland, took about 30,000 wooden stakes, 2,000 tons of soil and 2,000 tons of sand, according to a press release from the Ulster Bank Belfast International Festival. Believe it or not though, Rodriguez-Gerada built it in just four weeks, but he wasn't alone. The city of Belfast and some of its residents assisted with the artwork as well.
"Working at very large scales becomes a personal challenge but it also allows me to bring attention to important social issues, the size of the piece is intrinsic to the value of its message," he said. "Creativity is always applied in order to define an intervention made only with local materials, with no environmental impact, that work in harmony with the location."
This video of "WISH" shows detailed close-ups of the artwork as well as the larger picture:
The portrait is of a local girl who was photographed by Rodriguez-Gerada when she was making a wish about her future, according to the press release.
Watch the development of the artwork, best viewed from a plane, in this time-lapsed video:
"WISH" was created for the 2013 Ulster Bank Belfast International Festival.