Eyebombing is “Humanizing the world, one googly eye at a time.” It’s the art of sticking googly eyes onto an inanimate object in a public setting in a way that creates the appearance of a living creature.
A boost in popularity took place when two Danish eyebombers revitalized this apparently lost form of street art. They say:
What makes Eyebombing different from traditional types of street art like tagging, sticking, and stencils is the purpose. The above forms are largely driven by egocentric behaviour, like getting seen, respect and maybe a hope to get famous, often using vandalism as modus operandi.[Eyebombing] is not a fight for the public space, it’s to be seen as a lovely addition to that space. An addition that hopefully brings a smile, and brightens someone’s day.
I couldn’t wait to share this activity with my granddaughter. Armed with a bag of googly eyes from JoAnn’s and double stick tape, we took to the streets and city park. Our favorite was the gasping tree (she gets full credit).
In the days that followed, I found myself addicted to looking for interesting places for eyes while on my daily walks with Clementine. I admit I feel a bit nervous about sticking googly eyes on things, even though the stickers are harmless and can be easily removed. After I stand back to take a picture, though, I have to laugh. It’s so much fun.
I hope they make others smile.
Googly Eyes Foundation will send you stick-on googly eyes (donations encouraged)
Instagram and Reddit have lots of great eyebombing photographs
Bored Panda shares photos by a Scandinavian eyebomber who says he was bored one winter
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