Surveillance Cameras Wearing Party Hats For George Orwell’s Birthday

Dutch artists Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle, who use the moniker FRONT404, adorned the surveillance cameras in their city of Utrecht in adorable party hats for George Orwell’s birthday:

On Tuesday June 25, to celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats! George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by Big Brother. By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays, and that the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.

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4 Comments on "Surveillance Cameras Wearing Party Hats For George Orwell’s Birthday"

  1. David Tanstaafl | Jul 5, 2013 at 8:33 am |

    Closer to reality? It already is reality.

  2. Maybe next year we can all chip in and get them party necklaces made from old tires and kerosene.

  3. Noah_Nine | Jul 6, 2013 at 9:03 am |

    fun with the fascist state!

  4. | Jul 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm |


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