City’s upgrade includes local art

2016-03-08 06:00
As part of an upgrade project the City of Cape Town has appointed a mosaic artist to work with local artists from Imizamo Yethu to create mosaic art on some walls in the area.

As part of an upgrade project the City of Cape Town has appointed a mosaic artist to work with local artists from Imizamo Yethu to create mosaic art on some walls in the area.

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The City of Cape Town is forging ahead with the Hout Bay gateway precinct project and it is involving the community in the R5m upgrade.

They will upgrade the pedestrian environment along Hout Bay Main Road and Victoria or NR Mandela roads to provide the community with safer paved walkways to schools, taxis, the MyCiTi bus stations and the local clinic.

The upgrading of the intersection is part of a series of interventions in this area, such as the construction of the MyCiTi bus station and upgrading the sports complex.

Further improvements to the area include: paving walkways and larger public spaces, creating retaining walls to stabilise soil embankments, providing low seating walls, lighting and playground equipment and planting trees.

Johan van der Merwe, Mayco member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, says their greatest motivation for this project was to create a quality public space for the community.

“The upgrade of the Imizamo Yethu entrance provided us with the ideal opportunity to do just that.

“The extension of the walkway along Hout Bay Main Road also plays an important role in linking pedestrians from Imizamo Yethu to their transport nodes for their daily commutes,” he says.

The City has appointed a mosaic artist to work with artists from Imizamo Yethu to create mosaic art on some of the walls that are being constructed as part of the project.

“Involving the artists from the local community in this creative expression element of the project has worked really well. We are happy to support artists with an opportunity to express their unique talents in an enduring quality public space that reflects the strength and potential of the community. It is our hope that this sort of project involvement will act as a source of pride for the community. It is our deep desire for the community to take ownership of the upgraded public space.”

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