This week we meet with Boeta Phyf, a Cape Town based ‘3D graffiti’ artist whose pieces are influenced by “ South African culture, with the key ingredient being Cape Town chutney”.
Since 2011, the street art scene in the Cape Town suburb of Woodstock has witnessed a major renaissance.
The art54 project that launched in Sea Point last week has opened dialogue between artists and government on the future of public art in Cape Town.
“Another Light Up” brings awareness of this issue to the CBD, while providing citizens with the opportunity to help. A multi-story piece entitled “The Harvest,” was erected in District Six next to De Waal Drive; Faith47 designed and painted the mural, and ThingKing installed an intricate lighting system on top of the mural’s image.
Public Art in our cities has the ability to improve what’s left between buildings. Transitional, derelict or unplanned spaces are given a new life through graffiti or street art, and the expression of citizens is given a breath of life.
It is well known that cities are ripe spaces for public art. By utilizing buildings, parks, and other city features as their canvases, artists are given the advantage of constant visibility and interaction with passersby. But what can public art do for a city that art housed by private institutions can not?
Every picture tells a story at Patterson Station’s world first community art project. Lead by renowned artist, Pamela Irving, Stationary Faces covers the walls of the station underpass and features the faces of local residents, famous people and Melbourne icons.