Googly eye photography

Humanise the inanimate and transform your town, one googly eye at a time.

Eyebombing is the art of sticking googly eyes on inanimate objects, in order to brighten even the dreariest of everyday humdrum. From withered trees and rusty lamp posts, to overflowing trash cans and ugly stains, to public toilet seats and dingy city streets – even the most mundane things can be jarringly, gloriously brought to life. All you need is a little imagination.

 

Instructions

  1. Gather some self-adhesive googly eyes. These are designed to be easily unstuck, which is vital, as the purpose of this exercise is to temporarily brighten public spaces, not to vandalise them. Explain why this is important to your child before you begin, and make sure that you do not use any additional glue.
  2. Head into a public space with your child, with the googly eyes in tow.
  3. Take it in turns to look for the saddest, dullest, inanimate objects, and use your googly eyes to give them a new lease on life. Encourage your child to be as creative as possible here. They may wish to invent characters and backstories surrounding each of their choices. A dim light switch can become a cheery protagonist. A discarded banana skin can become a pavement mascot. An upturned bin can become a cackling villain.
  4. Snap a picture of your creation together and share it using our #summerofskills hashtag.
  5. Sit back and watch how the public react to your creation. Multiple laughs and smiles are a given, and you’ll feel all fuzzy inside as you witness this in action.

Top tip: The Googly Eyes Foundation send out free self-adhesive kits to all who enquire, so determined are they to spread this simple joy! You can request your own here.

  • Cost
  • Cheap
  • Time Needed
  • 30 minutes
  • You will need
  • Self-adhesive googly eyes, inanimate objects of your choice, imagination
  • Skills developed
  • Creativity
  • Perfect for
  • Jokers