Street Art Moving People


Street Art Moving People

You might see them at the bus stop, in the supermarket, the park or even while travelling by train or subway en route to their next destination. Their collective name is the Moving People.

Given that there are 10,010 of them, the chance that you will actually encounter one of them is rather high during the fall of 2015. At least as long as you’re visiting or living in Amsterdam or The Hague in The Netherlands, as it is here where the project kicked off.

Our #movingpeople at #museumplein

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The Moving People is a street art project by the Power of Art House, an Amsterdam-based foundation that aims to create and grow awareness around socio-political topics by creative and cultural campaigns and in this way contribute to our society. With the Moving People Project the Power of Art House aims to bring the current refugee topic to our attention in a more creative way and, more importantly, give the millions of refugees worldwide a face by telling their stories. Something that seems to be very relevant in today’s refugees debate, where it’s often forgotten that behind each refugee there is a human being with stories and emotions.

Damsko gerilja street art #movingpeople A photo posted by @pariahparey on

The 3D-printed figurines, together referred to as the moving people, tell the stories of ten former refugees, who once had to flee from different corners of the world, including countries like Syria but also Rwanda and Eritrea. These are stories that need to be told and the idea is that by seeing the figurines it will make us think and hopefully reflect once again over the deeper meaning of the refugee topic. Because let’s face it, what would you do when your country would be at war and your life is being endangered? And if it would get that far, how would you like to be treated?


Istahil, fled from Somalia in 1991 – ‘In Nairobi I slept on the streets, illegal, without money. Photo: Pantar/ Power of Art House.

The ten centimeter tall figurines are meant to be moving around and thus, whenever you find one take it with you and place it somewhere else to also share these stories with the rest of your surroundings, or maybe the entire world. We’ve heard that one already came as far as the White House!


Lin & Remy, fled from Rwanda in 1994 – ‘I had to tell her her brother was shot.’ Photo: Pantar/ Power of Art House.

Have you come across one of the moving people already? Maybe you saw Lin, Idris or Alex already? Let us know, we’d be very curious to know about these experiences.

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Would you like to find out more about this project, the stories of the moving people, or maybe even support the Power of Art foundation? Click here for more information.

About The Author: Lydian Brunsting

'To be with Art is all we ask'- Gilbert and George. A quote that has stayed with me since I first saw it a couple of years ago. The word I would add though is 'travel' and that is, in fact, Art Weekenders, our new creation. The Art Weekenders project combines my passions for art, travel and photography, while we - at the same time - like to inspire and hopefully help you to prepare your art getaway. I am also photographer, writer and developer of the photoblog SHOuTography, a project that I started during a year of travelling through South-America to explore my life-long passion for photography.