Andrea Bergart and Joe Ballweg, New York City based artists, painted a dhow sailboat sail during their stay at the Cuevas Tilleard Projects residency in Lamu, Kenya. Founded in the 14th century, Lamu has retained its traditional Swahili character, it’s Islamic architecture and conservative Muslim tradition. Dhow sail boats, found along the coast of East Africa and India are hand crafted wooden boats with canvas sails – used for trade, transportation and leisure. The artists’ intentions were to collaborate on an image influenced by their new surroundings in Lamu in a format that would engage the local community with the residency. Seeing the strong connection between the town and the sea made the use of a dhow sail a natural vehicle for their art. The abstract imagery set the sail apart from the advertising based designs sometimes found on sails. The use of nylon streamers further shifted the sail's presence from utility to art.