Tuesday, May 08, 2007

UPDATE on the Wall Paintings

More talk about the painted walls in Baghdad, which I mentioned in my previous post. Some believe that the pictures of artists painting the segregation walls are of Al Sa'doon Street and not as many believed that of Al Adhamiya's. Others believe that this action is supported - even paid - by the government. I don't blame the latter opinion, especially with the argument that these walls will become a sort of a status quo after painting them.

Here (in Arabic) are some information on these wall paintings, which claims that around 45 artists began working on transforming the giant walls around al Sadoon Street to colorful paintings, each displaying a certain area in Iraq, in order to give a new spirit to the way the street looks like after the installment of these concrete walls. The same source also claims that this is sponsored by the municipality of Baghdad in coordination with a number of businessmen who took the responsibility for the implementation!


Marshmallow26 said...

Hello MixMax,

WAW!! those are a very nice paintings...great idea..

You know what? It reminds of me the wall of College of fine Arts n Baghdad back in late 80's, how the grad and post grad were drawing Shanasheel albasrah and scenes of the Iraqi life on these walls...very nice post mix.

MixMax said...

Thank you my dear Marsh...yes, it also reminded me of that, for that reason I pointed out in the previous post about how we Iraqis love life with all its colorful aspects, which have been reflected in these paintings

Through Grace Peace said...

Our Eyes Dream Acid Tears

One land, one people, all asleep
one dream in every mind
all see words of scripture, captive
in a vise of hatred, crushed
distorted words of God, acid
tears, with screaming lips, the captor
feels the kiss of Satan
on his heart.

Anonymous said...

I live in St Petersburg, Florida USA and saw the paintings in the media (newspaper & TV).

They made me feel good. I enjoyed them.

chikitita said...

Forget what the media says, I saw them with my own eyes. In Sa'doon, but the paint is peeling out already, what a shame.