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This Artist Secretly Turned A Neighborhood Into A Gorgeous Work Of Art With Graffiti

French-Tunisian artist eL Seed said he wanted to created a piece of art that would bring life back to a maligned community.

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The Coptic community of Zaraeeb have been given the name “zabaleen” or "garbage people" by other residents due to their jobs collecting rubbish, which they then take back to their homes to reuse.


"I wanted to create an art piece in Zaraeeb to beautify a place that I thought was dirty and poor," he told BuzzFeed News. "It was a way to say that if you want to look at something in the right way, you need to change the way you look at it."

"Beyond the art challenge, this whole project was mainly an amazing human experience. The community welcomed my team and I as we were family," he said. "I was moved to see people crying when we left."

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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