eL Seed’s breathtaking ‘calligraffiti’

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French-Tunisian artist eL Seed created a breathtaking anamorphic art piece that covered 50 buildings in the Manshiyat Nasr neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt.

This project, titled ‘Perception’, questions “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.’” (excerpt via artists’ website). 

After a year of careful planning, it took eL Seed & his team about 3 weeks to complete the “calligraffiti” – a mix between the beautiful and intricate arabic writing, and street art (graffiti). See more pictures and read more on the artists website.









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