An enormous painting of Nicole Kidman has unravelled in inner city Sydney today as eleven artists reached a sky-high milestone to complete the biggest hand-painted portrait in the Southern Hemisphere.
The enormous portrait, equivalent to the size of an Olympic swimming pool, was commissioned by BINGE to celebrate the new hit series The Undoing, in which Kidman – one of Australia’s most decorated actors – starred and co-produced.
The artists have been working on the project for nearly two weeks after several delays caused by wind and rain. The talented team from Apparition Media includes: Hamish McBride, Laura Paige, Kailin Hegel, Jacqui Butterworth, Aly Barnard, Matt Mcenally, Meg Hardie, Meg Hales, Michael Iglesias, Nancy Ji and Tia Madden.
The soaring portrait is a depiction of Kidman as her character, Grace Fraser, in The Undoing – this year’s biggest mystery-thriller now streaming weekly on BINGE. It’s an HBO psychological thriller in which Kidman plays New York therapist Grace Fraser who discovers her picture-perfect marriage isn’t quite what it seems. It stars Hugh Grant as her on-screen husband.
BINGE executive director Alison Hurbert-Burns said: “We’re so excited to be able to share The Undoing with Australia. Not only is it some of the world’s best drama, but it stars Nicole Kidman – so we just had to do something big to celebrate the show in her hometown. And what better way to mark the year’s biggest thriller, with the biggest portrait Australia has ever seen.
“The underlying theme of The Undoing is that ‘nothing stays hidden’. Finding a way to demonstrate the twists and turns of the show on a massive scale has been a lot of fun, as has keeping Sydney-siders guessing!
“The psychological thriller has quickly become the most-watched show on BINGE, drawing the largest audience of any show since we launched in May. This echoes the record results achieved globally since the series launched on October 26, which is why if you want to watch the world’s biggest shows, you need to have BINGE.”
Tyson Hunter from Apparition Media whose artistic team created the portrait said: “After nearly three weeks of project planning and painting, we’re so excited to finally reveal this stunning portrait to Australia. This has been an incredible undertaking from the team who have pounced and painted, with a few stops and starts caused by some very unpredictable weather.”
To add to the theme of The Undoing twists and turns, the portrait will ‘come undone’ as it unravels into a second artwork from next Tuesday.
The project is temporary and will be painted over and restored back to its original state.
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