Watch: Artist paints 3D mural of Mohamed Ramadan's 'Free Fire' character on Cairo billboard
Guinness World Record-holding Mexican artist Juandres Vera painted the giant mural as an homage to Maro
Mexican street artist Juandres Vera has painted a 3D mural of Mohamed Ramadan's in-game Free Fire character on a billboard in Cairo, Egypt.
As of April 16, players across the Middle East have been able to choose Ramadan’s avatar, known in the game as "Maro", marking the game's first playable Arab character.
To celebrate the occasion, Vera created an 18x12-metre mural in 11 days in the Egyptian superstar's home country, with a digital version now also being displayed on a billboard in Casablanca, Morocco.
The artist, who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest anamorphic pavement art, is known for his special blend of street art via his trademark style of creating immersive aesthetics and realism.
He's no stranger to the Middle East, having participated in a month-long art festival in 2020 organised by Dubai Canvas and Brand Dubai in City Walk, which featured works from artists across the world with the theme of travelling through art. Vera's piece featured a sprawling eagle-eye view of Dubai’s skyline, with the Burj Al Arab at its centre.
"It was an honour to be part of this exciting campaign," said Vera of the new Cairo project. "I’m so lucky to be able to incorporate my 3D mural art style with the most famous and trending video game Garena Free Fire and with the stunning number one Egyptian singer and amazing actor Mohamed Ramadan."
Ahead of the character's launch, Dubai's Burj Khalifa also celebrated by projecting a portrait of Ramadan's Maro. Two specially created light shows, which included a one-minute announcement, screened on the side of the world’s tallest building in Downtown Dubai on April 14.
Watch the moment the Burj Khalifa lit up here:
Free Fire players across the Mena region can now play as Maro and claim rewards through a series of in-game events every day until Saturday, May 15, in celebration of the holy month.
The collaboration with Ramadan is part of Garena’s commitment to attract players in the Mena region by offering localised experiences.
Garena Free Fire has had a huge rise in popularity among users globally in recent years, and it was the most downloaded mobile game worldwide in 2020 across both iOS App and Google Play for the second year in a row.
The game reached 100 million daily active users at its peak last year.
Take a look through the gallery below to see more of Mohamed Ramadan:
Updated: April 26, 2021 03:31 PM