Take a trip with local artworks

2016-09-27 06:00
 More than 50 artworks, including mosaic works, sculptures, ceramics, mural paintings, drawings, sandblasted images and spray-painted street art or graffiti, have been installed at MyCiTi stations.  PHOTO: City of Cape TOwn

More than 50 artworks, including mosaic works, sculptures, ceramics, mural paintings, drawings, sandblasted images and spray-painted street art or graffiti, have been installed at MyCiTi stations. PHOTO: City of Cape TOwn

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An interactive map with information about the artwork at the MyCiTi stations has been released in celebration of Heritage Month.

More than 50 artworks, including mosaic works, sculptures, ceramics, mural paintings, drawings, sandblasted images and spray-painted street art or graffiti, have been installed at MyCiTi stations across the city since May 2010.

Mayco member for transport, Brett Herron, says: “Thousands of MyCiTi commuters and visitors to Cape Town pass through these stations every month. Yet I am convinced that very few are acquainted with the purpose and theme of the art at the stations, the artists who created it, the inspiration for the art, and what it is trying to communicate to those who engage with it.”

This sparked the idea of creating a location map of the artwork along the MyCiTi routes and an interactive link on the MyCiTi website with information about the art and the artists. “It took a lot of planning and creativity to get it all together, and we are extremely excited about the end-product which has been finished in time for Heritage Month,’ Herron says.

Some of the information featured includes a route map indicating the MyCiTi stations where the artwork is located, photos of the artwork, information about the themes and purpose of the art and information about the artists.

The MyCiTi art project derives from similar art projects along metropolitan subway systems around the world such as in New York, London and Moscow, and the public transport system in Sao Paulo.

“The purpose of art in transport is to connect the commuters to the physical location, to rouse their interest in the surroundings, and to enhance their experience of commuting itself by adding a bit of theatre to the occasion. The art portrays the cultural heritage of Cape Town and gives commuters a sense of the history of the neighbourhoods they are travelling through and the culture and roots of those living there,” says Herron.

“At the MyCiTi stations we incorporate art into the everyday lives of ordinary people as they travel to work or school. The artwork is something to look at and to think about. It is functional and fun. It tells us more about Cape Town, our history and of who we are.”V Visit www.myciti.org.za/en/myciti-art for more.

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