Street art initiative addresses our dystopian reality in a whimsical manner.
Dutch art duo Front404 celebrated George Orwell’s 110th birthday by placing party hats on top of surveillance cameras in Utrecht. Artists Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle were Inspired by Orwell’s Big Brother-like state in the novel 1984, this campaign makes passersby more aware of how the Orwellian state is a closer reality than we may think. According to the artists’ blog:
By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays, and that the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.
Surveillance has long been an interest of street artists like Shepard Fairey. Instead of drawing or disseminating an image, this initiative calls attention to the exact sites and tools of our surveillance. Much like Fairey’s work, the creative initiative spotlights dystopian reality in a whimsical way that could potentially capture a wider audience than a serious message would.