“We can’t control our past but the future is down to us.” Wise words from a Liberian surfer who was born into an 11-year civil war and endured the recent Ebola crisis. These tragic experiences can inspire a variety of responses in people. Some lose hope thinking the past will repeat itself. Some see it as a chance for revival.

The Liberia Project all started with the idea that art could be the catalyst to help transform the lives of a small group of surfers in West Africa. The team will attempt to create pieces designed by some of the world’s best artists in order to develop skills towards careers in the creative sector while reviving some of the structures that stand as daily reminders of the war.

Apartial will work alongside local surfers to select spots in the spectacular setting of Robertsport. The unique Liberian landscape is littered with the remains of remarkable buildings among dense jungles so finding flawless walls won’t be an issue. Next is the collection of creatives and this project will boast designs by Maser, Faile, 1010, Conor Harrington, Martin Whatson, Ted Pim and Mark Jenkins. The task of painting and installing these intricate pieces will lie in the hands of a group of surfers who have never heard of “street art” until now. Will they embrace the challenge, fight the stigma and cherish the opportunity to show a different side of Liberia?

Follow the progress of #TheLiberiaProject on our Twitter and Instagram in the coming days. 

Robertsport, Liberia

 

Robertsport Ruins

 

The Team

 

Robertsport Ruins

 

The Team

  

Surfing

 

Images: Alphanso Appleton + Apartial