Not All Is Black And White – Zebras around Cape Town

zebra - Quasiem Gamiet

If you were wondering where all the zebras came from, we’ve got the scoop. The World for All Foundation recently recruited 33 Cape Town artists to design and execute an artwork on 33 life-sized zebras as part of their Not All Is Black And White initiative. The finished artworks are scattered around the city and we went on a mission to see how many we could find. Each unique, conceptual artwork was inspired by a quote from Nelson Mandela. We caught up with local artist Quasiem Gamiet and asked him to tell us about his zebra (pictured above).

The quote that i chose was: “Extremists on all sides thrive, fed by the blood lust of centuries gone by.” My concept is real simple, I left the head black and white and painted the rest of the stripes as flames, because “whether you are black or white, if you have hatred/anger you will be engulfed in flames unless you try and make a difference yourself”.

Unfortunately most of the zebras have lost their tags in the rough Cape Town winter so the names of the artists are missing. Please send us names of artists in the comment section if you know anyone who was involved. They deserve a mention!

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11 Comments

  1. These are pretty damn cool.

  2. Hey, nice find & great post Alix, public art rocks.

  3. Quasiem nicely done! Next time I’m in CT I’ll have to go and look at those!

  4. Nice Q!

  5. Hey Alix, nice post 🙂 thanks for spreading the awareness and using my zebra as an opener 🙂 made me smile. Also thanks for the comments. much appreciated

  6. I confess, I’ve not been to this website in a very long time. nevertheless it was one more pleasure to read your fantastic content.

  7. Hi and thank you for posting this…here are all the names of the artists who took part: Beth Armstrong, Clem Robertson, Toe, Kudakwashe Gavi, Conrad Hicks, Drone, Christoph Weissenburg, Meghan Judge, Selvin November, Alan Munro, Daya heller, Jambo, R1, Quasiem Gamiet, Bruno Brincat, Bongani Mangcu, Darren Christian, Vivienne Gray, Mark Hennings & Hannah Williams, Buffy Braveart, Penelope Youngelson, Loyiso Qanya, Mohau Modisakeng & Mongi Khumalo, Athi Mongezeleli Joja, Trasi Henen, Brad Baard, Suzanne Duncan, Tozama Dyantyi, Norman O’Flynn, Luis Tolosana; Danielle Erlich and Ewaldi Grove.
    I am also happy to send you a copy of the brochure with quotes and corresponding works.

    Thanks for affording us the time and space.

  8. Captain Blank Man

    So funny, the Zebra done by TOE was removed by the council because they thought it had been vandalised.

  9. Are these zebras permanent? They’ve suddenly showed up all over Claremont too, in the most bizarre, pain-in-the-ass places.

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