If you keep up with street art news, you would have heard about French Tunisian calligraffiti artist eL Seed’s work in Cairo. The piece, ‘Perception’ was done in Manshiyat Nasr, a neighbourhood for the Zabbaleen (literally translated to 'garbage people').
The artwork is a bit like a puzzle – it’s spread over 50 buildings, and to view the complete mural, you’ll have to see it from the top of the Muqattam Mountain nearby. The piece is a circle of orange, white and blue with a quote from Coptic priest Athanasius: ‘Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first’.
However, since it’s unlikely that we Malaysians will get to see that piece ourselves, we'll make do with something closer to home: eL Seed’s other graffiti in Lebuh Ampang which actually has been around since December. Hiding perfectly in plain sight, the graffiti was done when eL Seed was in town for MOCAfest. In true eL Seed style, his graffiti goes beyond strokes and colours. The quote chosen for this one is the old Malay phrase ‘melentur buluh biar dari rebungnya’ written in jawi script.
The graffiti is located at the end row of the Lebuh Ampang shophouses, facing Wisma Allianz.