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Hera and Akut from Herakut recently visited Paris to create a new piece for the launch of a non-profit campaign Proj 256. Known for their social engagement worldwide, German art duo painted a portrait of a local homeless man Karim in hope to help him ease his every day life.

Hera and Akut from Herakut recently visited Paris to create a new piece for the launch of a non-profit campaign Proj 256. Known for their social engagement worldwide, German art duo painted a portrait of a local homeless man Karim in hope to help him ease his every day life.
The idea of this original project is to help homeless people by providing an easy way for others to hear their story and make a financial donation. By combining art and technology they encourage artists to paint portraits of local homeless and than stencil a QR code next to the piece. The code links to the movie that tells the story about the person as well as provides an easy way for people to make a Bitcoin donation. As a part of the campaign, the homeless people included in the project are given old recycled mobile device that can be used to buy food, shelter for the night or save for larger purchases.
Check out more images after the jump and keep an eye on Proj256.org for more info about the project and upcoming works.

Rom Levy

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