street art colours cities

A mash of two posts on my previous blog.

Some art finds,  all about colour, as different as they come, and still to me intimately connected through their cityscape focus.

The first shows what a bit a of added colour can do to a Mexican slum:


The second is what city colours can do to you when you open your eyes to them as did Lithuanian photographer Agne Gintalaite when she started noticing the Sovjet-era garage doors in a suburb of Vilnius:



The third is about what even shades of grey can do to uplift:

The last goes back to using a whole neighbourhood as one’s canvas.

As long back as I can remember, I have a strong preference for letting visual art work do the talking for itself . Only very occasionally do I come across an explanation that captures my mind. An explanation that makes me look at its subject with close attention. Even more rarely explanation and visual are so enmeshed that they are mutually enhancing.

Let me quote the (old) website of the (street) artist, French-Tunisian eL Seed, on this project:

In my new project ‘Perception’ I am questioning the level of judgment and misconception society can unconsciously have upon a community based on their differences. 

In the neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasr in Cairo, the Coptic community of Zaraeeb collects the trash of the city for decades and developed the most efficient and highly profitable recycling system on a global level. Still, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated. 

To bring light on this community, with my team and the help of the local community, I created an anamorphic piece that covers almost 50 buildings only visible from a certain point of the Moqattam Mountain.

The piece of art uses the words of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, a Coptic Bishop from the 3rd century, that said: ‘Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first.’

The utterly simple and adequate explanation from Anne Quito’s article on Quartz about this incredible 50-building-wide street art honors Cairo’s trash pickers, really hit home and enhanced my appreciation of the art: The design illustrates the project’s message about shifting points of view.

For more of this guy, this is another go-to piece by Anne Quito, or check out youtube, quite some short videos about him and his projects. Click! It is really worth it!


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