EL Seed's 50-Building Cairo Mural Is All Anyone Is Talking About (This Is Incredible!)
A street artist in Cairo, Egypt recently painted one of the most ambitious and gorgeous murals we've ever seen, and he did it all in secret, without the knowledge of the Egyptian government. Check out his amazing story below.
EL Seed is a Tunisian-French artist who specializes in Arabic "calligraffiti," which is similar to American graffiti.
Most of his pieces are fairly small-scale, appearing on buildings in both urban and rural environments.
But last year, he got an idea for a project that was much, much bigger.
"I sent a WhatsApp message to my friend saying we should do this crazy thing," he told Tech Insider. The plan was to create a massive, colorful mural over scores of buildings in a slum outside of Cairo where many garbage collectors live.
So eL Seed started drawing up plans for the giant mural.
He called the mural "Perspective" because he hoped to change people's minds about the neighborhood. His website reads: "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."
"Every time we go to a new building, we don't know what to expect," he said. "You reach for one ledge and someone offers you some tea and food. It's always a positive attitude, and that's what we tried to absorb."
Part of the reason the crew was able to paint the mural without interference from authorities was the neighborhood's location.
Because Manshiyat Naser is a poor, relatively dirty nook of Cairo, authorities don't spend much time there. And eL Seed said that's one of the main reasons he and his crew chose the location for the mural.
“Sometimes when you come from outside, you don’t see all the problems that might happen,” eL Seed said about the people who warned him not to paint the mural. "I was trying not to look at the political situation, the economic struggles, and just focus on the art project.”