This campaign began at the Aids-Hilfe Saar, where Mike Mathes regularly offered creative courses and colorfully painted a black umbrella as motivation.

This resulted in the preventive art campaign "With umbrella, charm and condom", which was intended to help people internalize how to take their own protection against infection into their own hands.

The painted eye has the effect of an eye-opener when it is opened, rain or shine. In the idea that many thousands of people worldwide open their painted eye motif umbrella, it becomes a dazzling signal of peace, which (so the hope of the artist) is followed by more and more.

Here you can see more about this topic and different motifs. To purchase your own signed umbrella you can easily contact Mike.


Mike Mathes is known for his - mostly monumental - colorful works with countless eyes; however, there are many different projects besides, some of which have their own
Tell stories, partly to appeal to different people, but always shine a Tausend Augen® in different ways.

Inspired Eyes

Inspired eyes Here arise freely associated eye artworks in the sign of my 2003 from the baptism launched worldwide peace art thousand eyes. Spontaneous coloring and felt contrast effect rub against the basic motif eye.

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Gesicht zeigen

In the early 1980s, Mike Mathes was still a student at the Städel Art Academy in Frankfurt am Main, when he was diagnosed HIV-positive.

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JPII – Requiem zum 1.Todestag Johannes Paul II. – Kunstaktion von Mike Mathes. Am Sonntag, den 2.April 2006, um 11 Uhr,  werden im Kloster Heiligenborn in Bous die Ergebnisse der

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Tausend Augen Worldwide

Mit dem Ausbruch des US-Irak-Krieges 2003 und der damit verbundenen Ohnmacht und dem Gefühl, irgendetwas tun zu müssen, hob Mike Mathes am gleichen Tag seine Kunstaktion Tausend Augen®️ aus der Taufe.

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In einem der zahlreichen Projekte an Schulen und Kindertagesstätten entwickelte sich die Idee, der Form des Saarlandes eine erweiterte Intention zu geben: ein Elefantenkind mit fliegenden Ohren, das alle mit

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1000 Tableaus

With this art action it is possible to participate particularly creatively, individually or as a group (school, company or similar) in the art action Tausend Augen®️ and for humanity,

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