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Dutch Artists Celebrate George Orwell’s Birthday By Putting Party Hats On Surveillance Cameras

Dutch artist duo Front404 decorated security cameras with party hats in one of the Netherland’s largest cities to celebrate George Orwell’s 110th birthday.

1. On Tuesday, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats to celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, Dutch art duo Front404 explained on their website.

3. “George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother.”

5. “By putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday.”

7. “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.”

8. “And [how] the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.”

Front404 is the collaborative work of artists Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle. You can see the rest of these images on the artists’ webpage or on the Front404 Facebook page.

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Ellie Hall is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C.
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