A drawing painted by Noha Ghaleb
CAIRO – 13 November 2017: Forty street artists from 14 countries met in the Graffiti Forum under the supervision of the UNICEF to render the outlook of Kafr Al-Sheikh more ravishing.
Graffiti tells the story of the walls speaking for themselves and enliven the city with scenes of fish, blossoming roses and singing birds.
Painted by Aly Said
Ordinary viewers and professional artists share the opinion that looking at a work of art up close and personal is essential to appreciating its total effect. The visual experience can never be attained through looking at a laptop screen or printing process; both rather add a barrier to art and distort the aesthetic significance.
The experience brings the memory of Sistine Chapel ceiling, when it was restored by Leonardo Da Vinci and turned into a masterpiece and a world attraction. Similarly, this graffiti has added to Burullus city a much spirit-uplifting experience, transforming the simple city into a work of art.
Painted Assem Abdel Fatah
Egyptians became more familiar with Graffiti as a real form of art after the January 25 Revolution. Egyptian street artists documented the events of the revolution and turned this art from simple negative vandalism to a much more redefined form of art that radiates love and peace. Young graffiti artists have altered several of the street's murals, especially the ones on the walls of the former AUC building, to suit the current political situation in the country.
Painted by Nader Neseem
Burullus city was lucky enough to witness this combination of street artists of different nationalities every year. The residents prepare for this event even before the artists themselves and coordinators of the event. People’s eyes and faces show how excited they are for the shift in the city outlook. It is surprising enough for them to see painters’ brushes and fingers turning the city walls into lively masterpieces and throbbing works of art that speak love and peace.
Painted by Manal Moubarak
“It was a fantastic experience for me because it was the first time for me in Egypt. I have seen so many good things in Cairo and Burullus. The kids and the happy people, it was all amazing,” an Italian artist said in the forum.
Painted by Noha Deyab
“The residents were so happy with this unique experience that brought a colorful life to their houses. They are accustomed with the drawing and painting atmosphere, and some of them even wait for this event to take place every year. They cordially interact with the painters, prepare in advance and ask artists to draw them their favorite drawings,” said an Egyptian artist participating in this event.
Painted by Mohamed Abu El Wafa
Although many consider the spray-painted pieces a nuisance, graffiti has been gaining recognition from the art world lately as a legitimate form of art.