What’s the point?

I thought public art was for the public but only Google Earth can see this display

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.

The only point I can see is that some poor families got waterproof roofs…


3 thoughts on “What’s the point?

  1. Anything that makes anybody happy and harms nobody is fine I guess.

    Benjamin Spock was my Bible when my kids were young, and he recommends that kids be allowed to squish mud in their, and jump and dance and play with colour, because it is good for the spirit … creativity is good for the spirit.


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