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    Posted March 2, 2011 by
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    Amazing Time Lapse Video of Tribute to Egypt by Jessica Sabogal

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Artist Jessica Sabogal of Northampton, Massachusetts, had this to say: 'I had been in sort of a painting rut lately. I hadn't been able to pick up my spray cans in months. But after hearing about how the people of Egypt rose to the occasion and fought for what they really believed in by showing up, something Americans fail to do time time again, I wanted to illustrate their journey. Ironically, one of our house-mates is from Egypt and had brothers and other family members fighting in the streets, so I was able to witness first hand how the revolution affected her. For the last two years she would Skype with her family every day, and all of sudden she was forced into limited communication, calling their house phone at a dollar per minute when she could. Finally, I was inspired to paint.'
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    Graffiti inspired artist, Jessica Sabogal, has created an amazing tribute to the people of Egypt. Her time lapse video captures each intricate step of the labor intensive work of art.

     

    Sabogal says, "After 30 years of silence--Egyptian screams finally broke through. Hopefully this piece can serve as a memory of what they accomplished in Tahrir Square--and a warning to never again let voices fall silent."

     

    For more information please visit jessicasabogal.com

     

    Addendum 3/4/2011

    I spoke to Jessica Sabogal and she wanted to convey the following...

    "You are right--Americans have banded together to stand up for their rights--from the employees in Republic Windows & Doors employees in Chicago who staged an amazing sit in--to the spellbinding events in Wisconsin and even late this week in labor protests in Washington, D.C. In 2008, we even saw the highest turnout rate since the 1908 Presidential elections.

    However, in this instance, the Egyptian people's accomplishments are simply revolutionary--literally. They joined together to cause genuine change in their government.
    I'm simply in awe--and want to encouraged other Americans to not only revel in this awe, but to also be inspired everyday to have a voice in their government.

    I've been humbled by the outpouring of support that I've seen regarding this tribute.
    Many have expressed a desire to purchase the painting and I've decided to create limited edition prints to accomodate as many people as possible.
    If you're interested, please visit my website for more information: http://jessicasabogal.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/890/

    ~Jessica"

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