Not all lives are equal

Sofia is a great city. Being the capital and the biggest city in Bulgaria makes it "the place to be". Not unlike all Eastern European capitals, Sofia has its problems.
Walking around the city is not a stroll in the park. Hell, even the strolls in the park are not a stroll in the park. That's mainly because a big part of the city's infrastructure is either poorly planned or poorly executed (sometimes both). Due to a combination of government corruption, "urban experts" that lack an understanding of how a city should work, the public's negligence and misuse, and other variables, people here are slowly but surely transformed into urban survivors.

Doesn't matter if it's a hole in the pavement, dirt on the sidewalks, lack of sidewalks entirely, water dripping from the buildings or big and muddy puddles lakes on the street - I feel prepared for it. Recently I was walking to the office when I spotted one of those anti-parking bollards (in Bulgarian - Kolche / Колче) fallen on the sidewalk. Don't know why but I immediately thought of Snow Patrol's song "Chasing Cars" and especially the lyrics:

If I lay here If I just lay here. Would you lie with me and just forget the world.

I thought it was funny and naturally made an Instagram post out of it.

If I lay here If I just lay here Would you lie with me and just forget the world #SoSofia

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Fast-forward several months and I now have 20+ pictures of fallen or broken bollards on the streets of Sofia on my phone. They stay like this for months and nobody removes or fixes them. I coupled all of the pictures with songs from the "bollard's point of view" and made a Tumblr for it. (With the help of Marto Tonev Strangera and other friends' and strangers' contributions)

What started as an "art project" that was funny to me is now slowly becoming a commentary on responsibility (or the lack of it) in the city we live in.

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EDIT (01.04.17) - Due to popular demand we've launched a Facebook page too. It's easier to reach some people and we've already gotten pretty awesome contributions!