Surveillance cameras don party hats for Orwell’s birthday

By on Thursday, July 4, 2013

This is one of those stunts that isn’t particularly hard-hitting, but is just so peculiar it has to be written about.

It was the 110th birthday of British author George Orwell last week, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than by decorating surveillance cameras across a city with party hats?

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Dutch artists at Front404 carried this out across the city of Utrecht, explaining that “by putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras, we not only celebrate Orwell’s birthday. 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”.

Ahh I see, it’s a political statement. In the form of art. Or it’s PR. Either way, it’s certainly raised the profile of Front404, catching the attention of numerous bloggers from around the world and CBA, one of the most popular news websites in Canada, as well as featuring on Design Taxi.

Am I the only one that thinks the party hat makes the cameras look quite cute? I’ve clearly missed the point…

Photo credit: Design Taxi

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