Lebanese graffiti artists Mohamed and Omar Kabbani were born during the dark years of their country’s civil war, which raged between 1975 and 1990.
But the twin brothers, aged 34, are keen to show there’s more to their home nation and the wider region than just bullets, bombs and conflict.
The project, which was completed at the end of October, has been dubbed “Operation Salam.”
Speaking to CNN via the WhatsApp messaging service, Mohamed Kabbani said that several drones were used to take pictures of the work as it progressed so the team could be as accurate as possible.
The street-art duo has carried out graffiti projects across Lebanon, but never anything as big as this work spanning 85 structures across a 1.3 kilometer (0.8 mile) area.
“The area is an ex war-zone … but the people from both sides want to live peacefully,” Mohamed said.
Installing a message of peace in a war-torn area seemed a good idea.
According to Omar, residents there “forgive but they won’t forget, which is normal. You had a lot of casualties from both ends but life continues.”
The project brought the communities together, with about 50 local residents helping the team to scout for locations.
What’s more, the project has practical benefits for residents: the paint used provides waterproof covering for the roofs and helps cool the buildings during hot weather.
‘Tolerance, enlightenment, progress’
In the wider context, Lebanon today remains in a delicate position.
Its parliament has long been comprised of a balance of representatives from the nation’s numerous religious sects to ensure harmony.
Although their work was created before recent political events unfolded, the artists hope the attention it receives will show the outside world that Lebanese people want peace.
“Politicians come and go,” Mohammed said, but what is most important is “the people living in this region.”
“We love life, we are educated and positive people who want to convey a message of peace.”
His brother concurred: “Tolerance, enlightenment, progress. This is what we want for our country and the region.”
Videos courtesy of Firas Chehabeddine Photography