The 2015 City of Gold Urban Art Festival is done and dusted, and was one of the best yet! Big ups to Rasty & company, and all the sponsors, for pulling off a great graffiti event and putting South Africa on the world map once again…
Above, a street artist who travels the world, recently painted a large sociopolitical mural in Johannesburg’s diamond district - a base for around 300 diamond traders. Known for his large-scale wordplay pieces, and his trademark ‘arrows’ (of course), he approached the owners of the wall with the intent to paint “Diamonds are a woman’s best friend” in big letters. The owners of the wall swiftly agreed and left him alone to paint.
Above then added “and a man’s worst enemy” as a surprise for Jewel City, one of the biggest diamond exporters in the world with over R7-Billion worth of diamonds being exported every year. This daring move has been seen as “unfair” by the property owners but the main intention was to create awareness of blood diamonds in Africa, where more than two-thirds of the worlds diamonds are extracted.
International street artist Above was commissioned by Origin Wines in Cape Town to paint at their wine bottling headquarters.
“Origin Wines is supportive of the arts but also of humane and ethical Fairtrade practices. Fairtrade is a worldwide organisation helping marginalised producers in developing countries, to move towards economic self-sufficiency and stability on a sustainable basis.”
Renowned Brazilian artist, Binho, recently visited the sunny shores of South Africa. He is one of São Paulo’s original old-school writers who played an important role in growing the now thriving Brazilian graffiti scene.
Below is a wall that he painted with Cern:
He also linked up with Above:
And he got into some trouble with authorities at Muizenberg beach with this commission:
It’s so nice to have talented artists like this visiting our country and promoting the use of graffiti art for urban beautification and visual stimulation.