Muizenberg is changing its face through art and it has now become a hotspot of artistic expression. On Friday 5 October local graffiti artist Care OneLove painted a mural on a wall at Surfer’s Corner.“The mural is being supported by Safer Together (organisers of the monthly Moonlight Meander) and the Muizenberg Improvement District. “The concept for the mural features South African women and speaks about the unique knowledge each woman has, making up a diverse strength (like our constitution is unique/strong/diverse). “Wisdom that women share connects us to each other and the earth, past and future. It is part of a series of paintings that the artist is working on around Cape Town,” says Keith Edwards, rail tourism marketing and communications manager. Local women have been invited to participate by having their portrait included on the wall. The women featured stand out as change makers in the community. They were also invited to share their wisdom through images and quotes and then took part in the actual painting.“Currently South Gallery in Main Road is trying to infiltrate the market with new innovative means to showcase what locals can produce, but the trend in the area is murals. One such artist is Care OneLove who has transformed many surfaces in the area and it is worth doing a walk-about to see the stories being created,” Edwards says. Because this project is part of a series and will be continuing with different groups of women around South Africa, this mural is not an end statement but part of a bigger whole. “The portraits are of real women, living unique lives and impacting the world around them for all different reasons. Artwork like this uplifts and enhances the areas where they can be seen. “It’s the incredible efforts of groups like this who shape our built environment and we really hope to see our villages of the south becoming physical representations of the vibrant and colourful communities that they are. “On Wednesday 17 October the group was invited to the wall to see the final product – each of them sharing their story and journey,” he says. This piece is important for women because it draws attention to being women, and what that means is different for each woman. “It’s a place for discussion and discovery. Muizenberg is a vibrant, multicultural “ It is a place where people encourage and support each other to pursue their purpose because it benefits the whole as opposed to being competitive and pulling each other down.“Paintings can spark conversation and thinking; everyone’s interpretation is different. This mural has become part of the Muizenberg landscape and it’s our hope that it will have a lasting positive impact,” Edwards says.Stories close to heartOne woman who also took part in the mural says she is humbled to be among the esteemed women depicted on the mural at Surfer’s Corner in Muizenberg. “I am proud to be associated with Metrorail as the train in the mural is symbolic of my word of off-peak leisure journey and contribution within the company. Starting in the mid ’90’s when we took learners on the first classrooms on wheels. [On] one of our first journeys collecting children in Bellville, we took them to Police Museum and Natalia Labia Museum. “This was followed by the City of Cape Town endorsing and supporting the development of our tourist pass ticket. “I am passionate about the role that transport plays in tourism and so glad that I actually can be part of this. “This mural symbolises my full-circle journey as I will be retiring soon, but at the same time my generations will see the impact that I have made,” she says.