In preparation for setting up our space at Open Streets (Auckland Park), #ArtMyJozi and Mimosa School hosted a creative workshop with learners in order to develop concepts for a ‘’dream’’ urban functional space prototype. This intervention is partially inspired by visual language, poetry and text produced during #ArtMyJozi workshops with the local Brixton Social Cluster’s surrounding schools/children in 2018. Incorporated into the design will be the beautiful stories and visual narratives produced during the workshop with Mimosa learners on 28 March 2019.
We intend to create a makeshift installation that talks about young people as road users, drawing on the power of the imagination to create innovative urban design with the road user in mind. This intervention is intended to be a kind of ‘’soft social protest’’ – a visual signifier that shouts out: WE MAY BE SMALL BUT WE ARE HERE! LOOK OUT FOR US!
Check out some of the amazing, imaginative and innovative design produced by the Mimosa learners, graphic translation and examples from previous workshops of how this could be translated into makeshift temporary urban furniture.
On Wednesday, 1 May 2019 the Joburg Photo Walkers joined us to check out the S- Bend Wall Mural Project exhibition and used the space and surrounds as a backdrop for a day of toy photography. Arranged by Mark Straw, a passionate documenter of the urban realm, this ‘’tiny’’ activation produced magical results. #ArtMyJozi would like to thank the Joburg Photo Walkers for making it happen!
Photo Credits: @ZivanaiMatangi and @ThusiVukani
A stunning visual progress update on the Mama Glover mural currently undergoing implementation against a church façade in Noordgesig.
The implementation of four artworks against the steel and glass panels will unfold. This is a two-entrance station, which provides an additional two panels for artwork, so two artists artworks will sit side by side. The first artwork to go into implementation against the steel panels was submitted by Mario Soares and represents the hustle and bustle of a constant movement along the Louis Botha Transport Oriented Corridor and the city at large.
On the 9th May 2019, the Rotunda based artists group were reunited! They have joined us to start bringing colour and vibrancy to the beautifully carved totem poles. The artists have made a cracking start, there is a real sense of collective creative energy in the production space. Check out the progress they have made so far!
The carving of 72 gum poles is now complete. Check out a portfolio which shows how three gum poles of various sizes are grouped together to create totem pole ‘’families’’ which will be installed along the Rotunda Linear Park, De Villers Road, Turffontein as part of the upgrade area and placemaking process.
The BULTE Mural updates have begun. #ArtMyNoordgesig artist Macfadden Bharley has started to put the finishing touches to this prominent mural situated on the corner of Main Road and Colin Drive.
The artists intention is to carry through the geometric and linear markings that make up the core feature of the mural: the communities nickname for their neighbourhood BULTE. Macfadden will also include an interpretation of the map of Noordgesig.
Watch this space for further updates!