el Seed's Mural in Manshayet Naser

The faces of around 50 different buildings in the Zaraeeb community of Manshiyat Nasser now form a stunning work of calligraphy. The piece of art uses the words of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, a Coptic Bishop from the 3rd century, that said: ‘Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first.’

Cairo Egypt - March 16: El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 16: El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 17: El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 16: El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 16: El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 17: El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 17: El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or “garbage city”.

(David Degner / New York Times)

Cairo Egypt - March 17: El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or “garbage city”.

(David Degner / New York Times)

Cairo Egypt - March 16: Mario, left, and Mikail, right, sit in the families pigeon house overlooking a new mural painting by El Seed. El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 17: Mario, sits in the families pigeon house overlooking a new mural painting by El Seed. El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 16: John, left, and Mario, right wave and whistle to keep their pigeons flying from their pigeon coop in front of an El Seed mural. El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 17: El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or

Cairo Egypt - March 16: John, Mikail, and Mario, right watch their pigeons flying from their pigeon coop in front of an El Seed mural. El Seed, pulled together a team to paint a large mural across many buildings in the Zaraeeb, the working class community Manshiyat Nasser, or