The Artistic Touch of Tunisia on Broome Street

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 at 6:36 am by
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There is now a touch of Tunisia here on the streets of the Lower East Side. Call it an Arab spring. Over on the cobbled passage of Broome between Bowery and Chrystie, a gallery distric in itself, half the block has been sheathed in flambouyance. Total eye candy, you’ve probably noticed its arrival already.

While their work appears to be defiant vandalism, it was actually commissioned, and timed to coincide with the Ideas City Festival. No surprise there. The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), located on the Upper East Side, tapped Tunisian graffiti writers eL Seed and Jaye to douse 330 Broome and the adjacent warehouse building in layers of paint. The flowing mural, composed partially of distorted Arabic, was part of the fifth installment of the “World Nomads of Tunisia”

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eL Seed is well-known in the Arab world for his so-called “calligraffiti” tagging style. Some of his more well known work includes paint jobs on Tunisia’s tallest minaret as well as Salwa Road in Qatar.

eL Seed also joined Meres One in the 5 Pointz mecca last weekend as part of the NYC jaunt.

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