A Genius Piece Of Art Forces Drone Pilots To See Who's Down Below

After learning that predator drone operators often refer to kills as "bug splats," because bodies look so small from up above, an artist collective didn't get angry — they got creative.

Disposable bugs, huh?

Obviously the drone operators need to take a closer look.

From their site: An artist collective installed this massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim’s face.

After talking with a member of the collective, this was like the icing on the cake: "The piece was left there for as long as people decided to use the fabric for roofing and other useful purposes. The art was always meant to be utilized and not discarded after it was photographed."

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This project is a collaboration of artists who made use of the French artist JR’s Inside Out movement. Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights helped launch the effort and also approved the unnamed girl in the image. True story about her: Her family was killed by drones, and she was wounded. Show support to this initiative by using #notabugsplat.

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Apr 10, 2014

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