Objects come to life thanks to plastic eyes
The art of eyebombing makes us adopt a more positive outlook
10 June, 2017
A Bulgarian street artist has become a smash hit on social media, after putting a smile on hundreds of people’s faces by sticking googly eyes on broken or damaged objects of the urban environment.
This particular brand of street art is called eyebombing and consists of sticking craft supplies imitating eyeballs onto inanimate objects in the public sphere. The idea was first popularised by two Danes but their Bulgarian follower Vanyu Krastev has garnered international attention of late with his inventive works.
The goal is to inject more life into the humdrum urban landscape with curious creatures that seem to watch passersby.
By far, the most popular photos are of ugly, damaged objects that appear to wear a smile.
Vanyu Krastev, 41, is a continuity editor and a photographer in Sofia. A father of two, he never leaves the house without googly eyes in his backpack. He is constantly amazed by his works. He says his goal is to make the world more human and inspire citizens to notice the little things.
“Sometimes they are smiling, other times they have a grumpy or surprised look. The forms are the result of some sort of damage to walls, objects or tiles like crumbling corners. These are all warts on the facade of the urban environment that the googly eyes help turn into a funny bit, a source of good humour. Perhaps this way I am gradually changing elements of the city I live in,” Krastev shares.
Every place and every inanimate object in the urban environment can be eyebombed.
Vanyu Krastev says he simply sees an object that would be suitable to stick the plastic eyeballs onto. “I just see them, I have an eye for those, it is a matter of associative skills, imagination and creative thinking. To me, it is surprising that people do not notice them. I find it strange.”
Eyebombing is the street art of sticking little googly eyes onto an inanimate object, in a way that cleverly lends the object the appearance of a living creature. Ultimately the goal is to humanise the streets and the urban surroundings, bringing sunshine and a warm feeling to people passing by. Eyebombers challenge people to view the world differently. What sets eyebombing apart from traditional types of street art is the lack of egocentric behaviour, like a wish to be seen or become famous, which often employs vandalism as modus operandi.
Eyebombing as urban art is about the message itself. It is not a fight for public space but a lovely addition to it that hopefully brings a smile and brightens someone’s day. The eyebomber uses humour and wit to reach their audience, not provocation.