Mission accomplished. One of my challenges during my year of residency in Tashkeel was to paint a mural in the streets of Dubai.
In any other country, everything would have been easier but here graffiti is heavily punished, actually I think this is the first and only mural that exists in the UAE (someone correct me please if I’m wrong).
The process has not been easy, after locating the spot in Jumeirah Beach Road (Anna!) we had to talk with the owner of the building, who was open for the project since the first moment. Once we had his ok, the Tashkeel crew were struggling with Dubai Municipality day by day until we finally got their OK after a few months.
After spending the whole night painting this, I passed by the next day to take some photos and to speak with the neighbors about it (mostly shops). They look excited about it, even though they were kind of reluctant when they saw me painting the first lines. Now I’m getting free haircuts and lemon-mints on the area!
Big ups to Tashkeel, thanks a lot for your perseverance Bakhita, Haiya and Lateefa. Thanks for your company Jill, Sameena and Khaled.
For your information, this is a personal project. There’s no brands nor any kind of payment involved. Hope you like it Dubai peeps and i hope this will open doors for more public art projects.