Art | Story by Zoneil Maharaj
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Brazilian Trio Harvest Their Fruits of Labor

Photo by Anthony Mair

Photo by Anthony Mair

The first time Brazilian trio Bicicleta Sem Freio (Bike Without Brakes) painted a wall was a year ago at the inaugural Life Is Beautiful. It’s the trippy one with the floating eyeballs on Seventh Street between Ogden and Stewart. And they followed it up with a wall of LIB artist posters for fun, since they were in the neighborhood. Having illustrated concert posters and album covers for the past 10 years, the experience gave them a new canvas to explore—and launched them on a world tour. They’ve since left their vibrant, DMT-dripped works on walls everywhere from Los Angeles to Lisbon. “We never stopped,” says Douglas Castro, the self-described “dramatic” one who most loves painting chicks, skulls and fire. While last year’s mural remains, the new one has a deeper tie to the Downtown community. Painted alongside The Market on Fremont Street and replacing their own painted posters, this mural features the collective’s signature “hot chicks” in a lush garden of fruits and vegetables, the piece itself providing nourishment for the neighborhood just as the new grocery store. “It’s like a picnic, a psychedelic picnic,” Castro says, joking that we may have just named the piece.