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March 10, 2019 2 min read

Colouring the EU at SXSW

The EU commissioned a colouring wall for SXSW festival to celebrate the great relationship the European Union shares with the USA.

Fancy Features EU colouring wall at SXSW
The European Union is the single largest investor in the United States, supporting millions of jobs and billions of dollars in exports. To describe the scale of this global relationship our artwork looks around the planet from Europe over the Atlantic Ocean to the USA. The yellow trails highlight trade routes between the EU and the USA, with products and services being exchanged by sea, air, and through two EU satellites.

eu colouring at sxsw
Across Europe each of the 28 EU member states are represented by a landmark building, featuring a mix of historic and contemporary architecture. The buildings are nestled in a landscape of trees and mountains with a solar and wind farm, a music festival and a high speed train.
interactive event illustration
To create the feeling of peace, freedom and equality that Europe enjoys as a result of the European Union, Maria illustrated people interacting, walking, talking, dancing and relaxing together. Europe has the world’s largest and most open market, which is shown with people stood working together on phones and computers, whilst others shake hands on a business deal and exchange goods.


The canvas was coloured by visitors to the EU’s venue at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

The EU is united in diversity and supports human rights, freedom and democracy around the world. As proud and enthusiastic Europeans, it was a real honour to be asked to illustrate this piece.