At the same time, they play a key part in shaping an urban identity in terms of design, style, and language. The routes themselves are strong signifiers of identity.
Nairobi's diamonds is a project that harvests a by-product of city life, broken windscreens, and shapes this into jewellery designed as matatu route numbers. The project is ongoing
Nairobi traffic is notorious and collisions between cars are common. As a result, at night the roads glisten with glass crystals from all the broken windscreens, a kind of urban jewel, forced into existence by the pressures of the city.
Matatus, the minibuses of Nairobi, are notorious for reckless driving and are often blamed for these crashes.
MEDIUM: C-PRINT, IMAGE DIMENSIONS 120 x 80cm CONTEXT: 'SKETCHES' SOLO EXHIBITION SUPPORTED BY: GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI YEAR: 2010