Artist Transforms Buildings In Cairo’s “Garbage City” With Massive Calligraphic Message

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The destination of all of Cairo’s trash is widely known internationally as “Garbage City.” But over the past few weeks, the neighborhood of Manshiyat Naser has been witnessing an unexpected and vivid creation spread across its landscape, towering over the dirty discards that line its streets.

h/t: hyperallergic. Photographs © by Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters.

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It is the most recent work of eL Seed, the French-Tunisian artist known for embellishing buildings around the world with his large-scale murals that fuse calligraphy and graffiti. Titled “Perception,” the circular, anamorphic piece of blue, orange, and white covers 50 buildings, and you can read it properly only if you’re standing on the nearby Mokattam Mountain.

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“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,” eL Seed wrote on his website. “They have been given the name of Zabaleen (the garbage people), but this is not how they call themselves. They don’t live in the garbage but from the garbage; and not their garbage, but the garbage of the whole city. They are the ones who clean the city of Cairo.”

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