Take a forsaken sector of Cairo. Add a Tunisian street artist named eL Seed. Miraculously ensure he is neither harassed or arrested. The result? This incredible mural, which transforms an entire neighbourhood into a colossal work of art.
The work, titled Perception, spans more than 50 buildings and took weeks of secretive work to complete. By all accounts, it is the largest work of public art Cairo has ever seen. Even beyond the city’s borders, the piece has been met with skepticism. “When the first photographs of the mural circulated,” writes The New York Times, “reactions ranged from astonished delight to disbelief. Some people, struck by its seemingly impossible scale, seemed convinced that the images had been digitally altered.”
This is the genuine article. eL Seed’s mural features a circle of orange, white, and blue in Arabic calligraphy that quotes a third-century Coptic Christian bishop: “If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes.” The artist hopes to change popular perceptions of the district, which is commonly associated with squalor and the garbage collectors who call it home.
Read the full story from The New York Times here.