03 February 2009

Women of Kibera

One of my more favorite street artists, JR, just completely blew me away with his latest project. From Wooster Collective:
"Today, after more than a year of planning, 2000 square meters of rooftops have been covered with photos of the eyes and faces of the women of Kibera. The material used is water resistant so that the photo itself will protect the fragile houses in the heavy rain season. The train that passes on this line through Kibera at least twice a day has also been covered with eyes from the women that live below it. With the eyes on the train, the bottom half of the their faces have be pasted on corrugated sheets on the slope that leads down from the tracks to the rooftops. The idea being that for the split second the train passes, their eyes will match their smiles and their faces will be complete."

Kibera is one of the largest slums in the world, and it's filled with marginalized, forgotten people. I love JR's idea, and his execution is profound:

Some unrelated notes:
  • I've been working on the Wordpress layout for the 'blog' section of ianhenrysmith.com, but it still needs much love.

  • School and life in general have sidetracked my discretionary projects, but I think that's okay.

  • I replaced my default icons with ones from Wall-E, and they are very fun.


Bri said...

wordpress - love it and hate it. Sometimes I think it's too powerful and just becomes a pain in my ass.

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