Street Artist, eL Seed’s, Latest Project Breathes Beauty Into An Entire Neighbourhood In Cairo

Street art is not always desirable, however this artist has been regularly commissioned to paint buildings and landscapes across the world in his instantly recognisable personal style. eL Seed uses Arabic letters to create larger than life works of art on skylines and skyscapes, promoting a message of peace and acceptance.

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What is perhaps most interesting about his work is that it can be appreciated without understanding the letters that interweave within in. We may not be able to discern the words or read Arabic but we can appreciate the colours, the thoughtful way the designs connect and the way they seem to leap from roof-to-wall and join buildings in beauty.

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His latest work ‘Perception’ sits in the neighbourhood of Manshiyat Nasr in Cairo, Egypt, a community well known for its collecting of rubbish and creating lucrative recycling systems. This association though has its down sides: many view it as dirty, undesirable and marginalised – it may be functional but it is far from attractive.

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eL Seed’s project covers almost 50 different buildings and the entire piece is only visible from one side of the city. The words incorporated into the design read: Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first. It is a message of hope but one which also challenges us to adjust how we view things – perspective is subjective and maybe sometimes we cloud the beauty in the world from ourselves.

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