The Rise Of Eyebombing


Written by Don't Panic
16 Tuesday 16th June 2015

Vigilante ‘eye bombers’ stick googly eyes on to random objects in public spaces, turning everything from parking meters to lumps of coal into cute little creatures.

The idea is ingeniously simple, yet effective. All you need to join in is a pack of googly eye stickers, which explains why eyebombing has quickly amassed a huge following. You could buy the ‘standards’ that we all know, or you could design your own if you’d like to be more creative. There’s obviously quite a few variations on eyes, and although people love to anthropomorphise inanimate objects, if designing you could go for cat’s eyes, for example. Either way appeals to our sense of humour on the most basic level. A lump of coal shouldn’t have a goofy face… and so seeing a whole fireplace filled with googly-eyed mysterious characters takes us by surprise and brings a smile to our face.

The idea that street art can brighten up someone’s day is growing in popularity, but there some artists who are taking this one step further and creating art in order to help the local community… sometimes in unexpected ways.

Take Wanksy, the street artist from Manchester whose phallic spray-painting made headlines recently. His crude anatomical representations made locals laugh out loud, but they also served the purpose of highlighting the poor condition of Manchester’s roads to the council. 

The paint used by Wanksy washes off in about a week, but that didn’t stop some people complaining that the work was vandalism. 

Wanksy’s name was of course inspired by the famous Banksy – the street artist largely responsible for changing attitudes towards street art. The public are still divided in opinion over his work, but it has definitely paved the way for artists to use the urban spaces as their canvas and still gain kudos in the art world.

For example there are now artists who create ‘reverse graffiti’, which involves cleaning art into dirty walls, and ‘yarn bombing’ whereby incognito knitters leave ‘knitted graffiti’ in public spaces.

Just like eyebombing, there are now loads of ways artists can engage with the public and leave a creative impact on their environment. And when we say ‘artists’, we mean anyone with a pair of googly eyes to hand…

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