Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled

Rio 2016: 13 artists have designed posters for this year's summer Olympics, which start in Rio later this week.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
Brazilian street artist Kobra is one of the 13 artists to create posters for this year's summer Olympics

The brightly coloured posters depict images that each of the artists felt were representative of the Brazilian city, including a muscular runner on Copacabana Beach and a child flying a kite over a favela.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
The designs aim to represent the Brazilian city, like Juarez Machado's Olimpíadas depiction of a muscular runner on Copacabana Beach

Others show motifs tied to fishing, nature and the sea, while some present adaptations of traditional Olympics images such as the five rings and the torch.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
While Rico Lins has adapted the traditional Olympic Torch for his design

The works have been produced by 12 Brazilian artists – Alexandre Mancini, Antônio Dias, Beatriz Milhazes, Claudio Tozzi, Ana Clara Schindler, Gringo Cardia, Gustavo Greco, Gustavo Piqueira, Guto Lacaz, Juarez Machado, Kobra and Rico Lins – and one Colombian, Olga Amaral.

Carla Camurati, director of culture for the Rio Olympics, said the posters were meant to represent the many walks of life in Brazil.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
Alexandre Mancini studied the varied grids of sports fields for Compasição Ordenada

"It's really hard for us in Brazil to choose one artist to represent the Olympic Games, or represent the official posters," Camurati said at the unveiling.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
Cores em Copetição by Guto Lacaz plays on the notion of speed with interlocking colourful swirls

"The important thing for us and the Olympic Games is to show Brazil as it is, with the colours, with the brightness, with the beauty of the mixture of people that we have here; the mixture of roots that we have," she added.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
Gustavo Piqueira references the ancient Olympics with a laurel wreath in Composto

Some artists created abstract images featuring graphic patterns and bold colours, and one studied the varied grids of sports fields. Another poster consists of white specks sprayed across a black background.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
Acquaplay by Gringo Cardia e Geléia da Rocinha features motifs tied to the sea

The posters were first unveiled on the 12 July at an event inside Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Museum of Tomorrow, where they were exhibited until 22 July.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
Antonio Dias's dots of white paint mimics a star-filled sky in Todo Lugar é meu país

The collection is now on show at the Deodoro Olympic Park, and will be displayed throughout the duration of the games. Afterwards the posters will hang in various Rio schools.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
Beatriz Milhazes combines geometric shapes, bold colours and the Olympic rings in Rosa de Ouro

In the run-up to the games, Rio's preparation has been heavily scrutinised. Last week, the Rio 2016 organising committee admitted that 19 of the 31 towers that make up the Athletes Village had yet to pass full checks.

Official Rio 2016 Olympics posters unveiled
Claudio Tozzi's Movimento abstract poster features graphic patterns and colours

Flooding, broken elevators, mould and ceiling holes have reportedly caused the Australian team to temporarily relocate. The Italian and Dutch contingents have also voiced concerns.

A boat ramp designed for sailing competitions at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro also collapsed just days ahead of the games' opening ceremony.