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February 12th, 2011, 04:14 PM
So there are so many types of street art around us, some we dont even notice. Lets highlight it all.
Firstly, alot of people hate graffiti, but if done well and not tagging, it can look fantastic, like this one on the corner of Argyle and Cowey Road.
February 12th, 2011, 04:30 PM
This one appeared along Berea Road a few months back
February 12th, 2011, 04:42 PM
In Glenwood, near the NSA Gallery, down a neglected sidestreet eThekwini Girl rom Flickr found this amazing, poignant art.
This artist should be illustrating childrens' books. The children on the wall engaged with me - I almost wondered if it came off the wall and became real when it got dark, she said
February 12th, 2011, 04:47 PM
A group of guys that call themselves DutchInk have been going around Durban for over a year now doing "reverse graffiti"
here's an article on them, there work to follow
Green Graffiti: Dutch Ink Make Their Mark
In an age where creativity is heavily polluted by a mass thinking commercial society, Dutch Ink make their mark by taking a unique form of environmental art to the streets. Chia Kougianos paid the talented artists a visit.
The third-year students from Vega, The Brand Communication School, are currently making waves in the community through their use of reverse graffiti around Durban. JP Jordaan, Liam Lyster, Stathi Kougianos and Martin Pace of Dutch Ink, seek out neglected municipal walls and create inspirational art from natural subject matter.
Taking a cue from the 'wash me' messages scrawled on the back of your beloved cars, they transform dirt covered, neglected municipal wall surfaces and inscribe them with images. Their unique brand of reverse-graffiti, also known as clean tagging, is set to inspire and motivate. By selectively cleaning the dirty walls with steel brushes, they leave a distinct mark in the negative spaces that contrast the grime surrounding it. The act of cleaning with the brushes feeds into the notion of productive rather than destructive art- which graffiti is considered to be. It is ephemeral in design and its effects will last only temporarily. "Our artwork is something you don't see everyday and it depends entirely on how the environment withers the wall." says Pace.
In their latest project, Dutch Ink's unique brand of street art challenged the norm with their illustration of trees on a Durban North wall to portray the seemingly uncontrolled growth of the consumerist model. "I think it's frightening how oblivious we become to our natural surroundings when our world is bombarded by consumerism. The horrifying truth that it takes a drawing of a tree on a wall for people to actually notice a tree is a worrying reality." says Lyster.
Perhaps revolutionary creativity shocks, rather than entertains the bourgeoisie but there's no doubt Dutch Ink brings a humanistic quality to otherwise drab urban areas. To some they are celebrated and appraised, while in the eyes of a few they have become urban vandals. No authority has found legal ground to prosecute those who perform reverse graffiti. And how can they? Reverse graffiti uses no paint or ink and thus cannot be said to actually deface an object. The murals will degrade over time and revert back to simply being dirt. Needless to say, passing a law preventing the creative cleaning of public property could be problematic. Surely the only concern lies with why our municipality isn't keeping the walls clean in the first place?
February 12th, 2011, 04:51 PM
This is on the North Coast Road/Umgeni road interchange over the Umgeni river
February 12th, 2011, 04:58 PM
Durban Beachfront Skate Park Art, featured on Dutch Ink
February 12th, 2011, 05:01 PM
Manhole art - Dutch Ink
February 12th, 2011, 05:05 PM
Dutch Ink - The Sardine Run
The idea for the fish was based on the fact that on the Connanaught bridge the cars seem to be forced into one lane like a shoal of fish. The nature of the design lends itself to motion when it is looked at through the window of a moving car. They finished piece also coincided with that of the sardine run and the end of the wall leads into the Umgeni river.
February 12th, 2011, 05:13 PM
Dutch Ink - Batteries Not Included
February 12th, 2011, 05:17 PM
Dutch Ink - Flight 101
The birds that appear on the Connaught interchange are an attempt at stop motion. The birds occur in 3 phases of flight with their wings appearing at different levels. The position of the bridge lends itself to a beautiful skyline just above where the birds are positioned
February 12th, 2011, 05:22 PM
Work by Skullboy around Durban
February 12th, 2011, 05:24 PM
Randoms around Durbs
In Sydney Road
Mama Afrika in Warwick
February 12th, 2011, 05:32 PM
The cube on Innes Road
February 12th, 2011, 05:39 PM
Those are awesome. Nice thread!
February 12th, 2011, 06:16 PM
February 15th, 2011, 10:06 AM
Dutch Ink did an awesome job on Connanaught bridge. The effect really looks great at night. A new leaf in graffiti but looks awesome.
November 16th, 2011, 11:33 AM
Building of Ark in Durban in progress
16 Nov 2011 11:30
Implementing creative solutions like the use of art for environmental issues allows people the opportunity to participate and take ownership of saving the environment and effectively saving the future.
The South African Department of Environmental Affairs is partnering on the production of a major public artwork project Ark, for social mobilisation and participation leading up to and during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) being held in Durban from 28 November to 9 December 2011.
The ark is a well-known and age-old story about family, friendship and how precious nature is. This project presents a hands-on opportunity for people on all sides of the climate change spectrum to share in the making of something beautiful and imaginative - a participatory approach that will hopefully set an example for how to face our planet's most pressing climate change challenges.
A symbol of warnings of climate change
The 30 metre-long, 12 metre-wide and 16 metre-high temporary, albeit monumental-scale public artwork is now in production and will be sited next to the Marine Parade on Durban's beachfront. The Ark will be clad in 2 litre recycled plastic bottles planted with indigenous flowering plants and green life. The first batch of plants will be placed on the ark on 27 November by 250 VIPs and dignitaries and more planting will take place during the COP17 conference.
"The Ark is an innovative symbol of resourcefulness, listening to warnings about climate change and finding positive new creative ways to heal our planet. The project is also a fun-filled metaphor for what people can do when they share. We are inviting the COP17 delegates and the people of South Africa to come and help the team to clad the giant structure with indigenous plants. This project is our way of working together in finding creative solutions to environmental challenges and becoming practitioners of a sustainable environment," says the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa.
The Ark is designed by Cape Town-based designer-artist Porky Hefer and produced by South African public art action company, AAW! Art Project Management.