Twenty five painted donkeys are trotting their way to St Paul’s Cathedral from Egypt to arrive this Friday August 30 as part of a project to promote peace and compassion between different religious groups in Egypt. The decorated asses were exhibited across Cairo before the recent unrest and will now stand in St Paul’s as a mark of solidarity with Egyptian people of all faiths. Fifteen donkeys will be sold during the exhibition and the remaining few auctioned afterwards, with all proceeds going to the artists and Egyptian charities.
Some of the most prolific Egyptian and Western artists have put their brushes to a donkey and the political significance of some of the works highlights just how quickly the situation in Egypt has changed. On Reda Abdel Rahman’s donkey (pictured above), one half represents the army and the other the Muslim Brotherhood, with ex-president Muhammed Morsi’s face painted on the front.
Caravan: In Peace and with Compassion will be in the South Nave aisle of St Paul’s until September 25 and is free to visitors of the cathedral. Find more unmissable London events on the Time Out Hot List.