Eye bombing is an art, NOT everyone has the eye of the spotting object to which you can attach google eye and create a new image together. and really it’s so fun. Post-socialist cities like Sofia in Bulgaria, aren’t known for their architectural diversity. They are slightly monotonous And rusty, Very rusty. but when the cheeky street art trends have reached the street of Bulgaria cities rumbling ruins gain a certain charm.
forty-two years old photographer Vanyu Krastev has been eye bombing Sofia over the past two years, breathing life in the most unexpected places. he has been sticking googly eyes to the old and rusty object he finds in the area, like a lamp post and trash bins, to liven up an otherwise dull walk the street.
Krastev working for past two years and his work suddenly gain attention in Bulgaria after an article in Bored Panda and now there are much more eyeballs on it (geddit?)
Krastev is hoping that it will develop into a grassroots movement, where people geolocate themselves moving around the city and follow the lead of other eye bombers.
In the busy city of Sofia, cars are everywhere and parking is troublesome. thus the city is littered with stone sculpture serve as barriers. these are usually good object to the googly eye. And that’s the point. Finding beauty in anything, both animate and inanimate, is a matter of perspective.
Krastev says he can’t unsee that beauty anymore. The plastic googly eyes, just like the ones on most Sesame Street characters, are a filter through which he can mold the city and make it come to life.
Krastev said.”I bought a few of these plastic eyes and decided to try it in Sofia. I noticed no one had done it before (in Bulgaria) and I went from there,”.
“The more eyes I stuck on things, the better I became. I got a sort of flair for it. Nowadays, I don’t even need to go on a specific ‘eye bombing hunt’ around Sofia. The little creatures just kind of pop out all around me.”
he was inspired by the two Danish masters of the street art initiative who describe it as an “effort to define and refine a largely neglected and overlooked” part of everyday life – the urban aesthetic.
their simple methodology to create weirdly gleeful creatures from inanimate objects, which in turn bring equally wide smiles to people passing by.
he believes that by eye bombing, he can humanize the old rusty items.