Portuguese artist Vhils has become known for his unorthodox approach to large scale murals, carving portraits out of the sides of buildings. Rather than layering paint or another medium over already existing art, he instead etches and carves the faces of city locals into the sides of buildings using drills, chisels, and hammers. “I came up with this idea of making the invisible visible by actually destroying to create,” he explains. “It’s this act of making the stories of everyday heroes that are usually invisible in a city visible, and exposing the building up of layers of the street and how it affects who we are.”
Considering his ethos, Vhils was the ideal collaborator for Hennessy’s Very Special Collector’s Edition using his famed “Making the Invisible Visible” technique to design artwork that consists of 100 individually signed pieces. Each multi-dimensional case is truly one-of-a-kind, made of several layers of colored resin that the artist approached as he would a mural: chipping and chiseling away to create unique work reflective of the cognac brand.