A stunning new mural on a skyscraper in the South Korean city of Busan depicts a massive black and white portrait of a fisherman. His weathered face and soulful eyes sit in startling contrast with the city’s cluster of gleaming new highrises.
The official press release describes the portrait by German artist Hendrik Beikirch as a “local fisherman in his 60’s, staring into an intangible space with his face marked with wrinkles, still wearing long plastic gloves—a sign that there are still men and women like him at this age working for a living. This dying profession entails six to seven days of work in a week, under difficult circumstances, while just receiving a minimum amount of financial support, just enough to buy certain needs.” Korean text under the portrait translates to read: “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”
The portrait is Asia’s tallest mural. It stretches over 20 storeys, measuring 230 feet high. Beikrich, whose haunting monochromatic portraiture includes the Faces of Hope and Struggle series, painted it without using a projector or a sketch on the wall.