Looking out from Mokattam Mountain towards the Cairo, Egypt neighborhood of Manshiyat Naser, you’ll notice something beautiful. There, in the center of the neighborhood often referred to as Garbage City (named so for its trash-lined streets) is a painted mural that spans more than 50 buildings. From any other perspective, the swirl of orange, blue and white is beautiful but illegible. But from this mountainside, a quote from a 3rd century Coptic Bishop clearly reads in arabic calligraphy: “Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first.”
The massive, anamorphic mural titled “Perception” is the work of eL Seed, a Tunisia-born, Paris-raised street artist known for his distinctive brand of “calligraffiti.” eL Seed has left his mark all around the world, but his work in Cairo has gone viral recently, partly due to its location, partly for its technical execution, and partly because of its poignant symbolism.
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