Graffiti mural of Sheikh Mohammed found in Bulgaria
Time Out Dubai has pictures and information after news that a graffiti mural of Sheikh Mohammed is found in Bulgaria
4500 kilometres away from Dubai, in the sleepy Bulgarian village of Staro Zhelezare, a wall bears a graffiti mural of none other than His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We know what you’re thinking – “What the heck?”
Well, the reason for this oddly placed depiction of Dubai’s leader comes from a local artist’s brilliant idea to put his village on the world map, harnessing the appeal of celebrities to draw tourists to this once forgotten place.
Ventsisla Piryankov decided to go ahead and paint murals of everyone from the Dalai Lama and Barack Obama to Margaret Thatcher and Fidel Castro on the outside walls of Staro Zhelezare’s rustic houses.
What makes his art all the more impressive and amusing is the fact that many of these iconic figures are pictured alongside actual villagers, engaging in casual conversations and having a laugh together.