Splashing out on street art

2018-01-16 06:00
The entire parking area of the centre on Sea Point’s Main Road will become a giant canvas, featuring the edgy designs of a group of young Pretoria street artists who have been commissioned to turn the blank walls into an urban gallery.

The entire parking area of the centre on Sea Point’s Main Road will become a giant canvas, featuring the edgy designs of a group of young Pretoria street artists who have been commissioned to turn the blank walls into an urban gallery.

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In a first for a Cape Town retail centre, street art is being incorporated as a dominant feature in the Artem Galleria in Sea Point, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations – with completion expected next month.

Artem is the new name for the redeveloped Adelphi Centre, which has been purchased by property developers Da’Realty and is currently being redeveloped.

The entire parking area of the centre on Sea Point’s Main Road will become a giant canvas, featuring the edgy designs of a group of young Pretoria street artists who have been commissioned to turn the blank walls into an urban ­gallery.

Lethlogonolo Mathabe, Sam Shaba, Tebogo Qhingana and Patrick Rulore are the four members of the street art crew, working under the leadership of the group’s founder, Khutjo Tsebe. They have named their group “Visualiz Khorr” and explain that before this project came along, they had been working hard at finding ways in which to collaborate as individual artists on a shared project.

Visualiz Khorr started when Tsebe decided to form a collective of “like-minded” individuals who could collaborate to add value to one another and the greater art community.

“There is an African proverb that says ‘If you want to run, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’,” says Tsebe.

“It was with this in mind that I decided to form an art collective with common goals, united in our passion for art.”

On completion, the new centre will house a curated art gallery. Eugenia Chapman Campbell, the curator of the new gallery, spotted the work of Visualiz Khorr on social media and approached them about using the walls of the parking garage as a showcase for their work.

“It was an amazing experience. We posted some of our portfolio work on Facebook and it was picked up by Eugenia Chapman Campbell who called us and told us to come to Cape Town. We had never been on a plane before, let alone in Cape Town – so we could hardly believe it until we boarded our flight,” says Tsebe.

Ahsan Darvesh, president of Da’Realty, explains that art and visual beauty will be woven into the entire centre once complete, with art pieces being exhibited throughout the building in the public spaces, and that the idea is to also help promote the work of emerging artists. “Street art is a means of artistic expression that brings vibrancy, colour and meaning into drab and dull concrete city landscapes. With a variety of themes and ideas, from social and political awareness to plain visual poetry, this art form continues to gain momentum and we are extremely pleased to have Visualiz Khorr transforming the walls of Artem’s parking area.”

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