Experience the city’s heART…
The street art scene in Johannesburg is a vibrant surprise lurking around the most unexpected corners. Buildings get splashed with colour, signs meet stickers and sculptures rise from the ground. As you make your way through the streets of Newtown, Braamfontein and Maboneng, you’ll find the city’s open-air gallery where artists have made their mark.
In Johannesburg Central thought-provoking art spruce up dull streets and revolutionary words speak of a long-gone-but-not-forgotten era. It’s here in Jozi; under the bridges, in the little alleys and on the walls, where South Africa is breathing on us in an array of colours that light up the day; colours depicting stories of troubles and growth, stories of yesterday and tomorrow.
It’s here in the heart of the city where art is used as a voice for social change with the vision for 2040 to be, in the words of city mayor, Parks Tau, “a world class African city of the future – a vibrant, equitable African city, strengthened through its diversity; a city that provides real quality of life; a city that provides sustainability for all its citizens; a resilient and adaptive society.”
It’s here in the centre of Joburg where art is contributing to the future; it’s here where local and international artists communicate the dynamic character of the city, where open spaces become a giant canvas for the opportunist, the dreamer and the wanderer.
And while some pieces might look like nothing to us, it resembles everything that street art is all about. Street Art goes deeper than just a painting on a wall; it’s all about how that wall interacts with the artist, the medium, the natural elements, the audience and eventually the new artist who will add another layer.
“Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.”
― Raymond Salvatore Harmon