By now, you must know I am a sucker for art and design. Although some of the big trend & innovation agencies don’t believe art is a signal for anything, I believe it is the first seed of change in human behaviour. Moreover, I believe art can really touch human, bring a message and push change forward.

I came across this project from Slinkachu, a British-born artist who recently left a piece of his work in Dubai. Slinkachu is a street installation artist and a photographer, who leaves miniature people on the streets since 2006. Honor to whom honor, I discovered Slinkachu through Time Out Dubai, who wrote a piece about this talented artist.

Although the pieces in Dubai might be very recent, the “Little People Project”, started in 2006. Basically a project where Slinkachu creates miniature characters into an impact full setting to then photograph them and leave them on the street.

” The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings.”

Moreover, Slinkachu wants to point out the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, which sometimes can feel overwhelming. He wants to create a setting where people can empathise with the art which is his live work. In Dubai his work is part of the Dubai Walls installations at City Walk, which is definitely worth checking out.

For me this artist points out that we should really take a look at our surroundings and the people around us. Living in a liquid society where we forget to really live and connect with others. We slide from one thing into another, we might think we see the big picture, but without the tiny details, this picture is nothing but conception. We have to relearn to really open our eyes, to be aware of what happens around us, to be here in the now but with a view on the future. 

slinkachu1_2016_base slinkachu3_2016_base slinkachu5_2016_baseslinkachu6_2016_base slinkachu7_2016_baseSource: Slinkachu