This month, as part of the World Design Capital 2014 celebrations, Nando’s launches Accidental Art (#WDC522), a project aimed at making art accessible to everybody by taking it into the streets and onto the walls of the Mother City. Nando’s has an impressive collection of over 7500 original pieces by South African artists in its restaurants and offices across the globe, and this project is an extension of their ongoing support of local creativity.
The Accidental Art Project includes several site-specific public art installations in and around the Nando’s stores in the CBD. Existing works from their extensive collection will be scaled to architectural proportions and the city’s urban structures and spaces used as a canvas and a gallery.
For their first installation Accidental Art takes on Long Street from 7 – 14 July 2014. International hand paint specialists Colossal Media are doing an acrylics and spray paint mural onto the facade of the Matador Building on the corner of Long and Waterkant Street. This 7x9m piece is based on an oil painting by local artist Xolile Mtakatya. When it’s complete, the striking artwork will be in sight of motorists driving up Long Street and pedestrians walking down Waterkant Street.
The Youth Skills Development Workshop will take place during this week too, and 8 aspiring artists in the first year Spier Arts Academy programme will assist Colossal Media on site during the
production of this piece. On 11 July there’ll also be a hands-on one day workshop for the entire first year Spier Arts Academy class with artist Xolile Mtakatya and Colossal Media painters.
From 4 – 25 August 2014 Yellowwoods Art‘s Ceramic Studio will work on a 20 square meter Half Square ceramic panel. The panel was conceived by local artist Liza Grobler and will be done on the facade of the Earlgo Building on the corner of Kloof Street and Park Road. Also watch out for the new benches and umbrella installed on the sidewalk as part of the Accidental Art initiative – don’t be chicken, sit down!
Also watch out for their pop-up temporary installations in the city throughout the rest of 2014.
Nando’s started their Global Art Initiative in 2001, and they have since been sourcing local artworks for their restaurant and offices, creating beautiful and meaningful spaces for diners, guests and employees, and in turn, supporting artists with a regular income and global exposure.
Watch out for our upcoming interviews with the artists involved in the #WDC522 Accidental Art project.
More about Yellowwoods Art on their Website.