KIU, Main Campus -
Nairobi-based Metal Artist, Cyrus Kabiru, best known for his flamboyantly
designed eyewear called ‘C-stunners’, made from discarded metal and other
materials whilst displaying them through self-portraits has turned his creative
talents towards a philanthropic project of making face masks for less fortunate
He and a group of
artists purchased face masks made from fabric and decorated them in an artistic fashion.
It took them just a week and two days to make 1,000 masks which they distributed to residents of Kariobangi, a low-income
residential area in Nairobi, on 20th May 2020.
“A lot of artists are
doing murals and graphics to educate the community about Covid-19, but we were
trying to show how we can educate society in a different way. I have seen that
people are not serious about wearing face masks so we tried to come up with an
idea that would make them enjoy wearing masks,” said Kabiru.
Kabiru explained that
the initial target was 5000 masks, but due to lack of adequate funding, the
group had to use their meagre personal savings for the project. He plans to do more masks
if and when he gets the funding.