Unlike graffiti tags or other stylized and personalized approaches to urban art, eyebombing is an equalizer. Like a crowd behind Guy Fawkes masks, the work of any of the following 21 example ‘eyebombers’ is inherently anonymous due to the similarly simple materials used in each case.
Of course, the eyes just set the stage for further anthropomorphic interpretation ; with them in place, other street elements like grates, slots, posts and more suddenly become faces, mouths and limbs.
Context, with or without the intention of an artist, supplies emotion – even the most neutral eye placement makes for implied facial expressions of all kinds.
Per Eyebombing.com, these unsigned interventions are “different from traditional types of street art like tagging, sticking, stencils” because “the above forms are largely driven by egocentric behaviour, like getting seen, respect and maybe a hope to get famous, often using vandalism as modus operandi.”
Instead, they claim, it is about the message, the humor and simply brightening someone’s day. And while you can buy eyes from their site, they are also (again like a generic mask) available essentially anywhere and quite inexpensively, making this an easy art form to get involved with wherever you may be.