The I ART JOBURG project has come to an end, and has left behind 8 epic, large-scale murals in and around the Maboneng Precinct by some of the world’s most admired street artists.
The project, presented by adidas Originals and curated by Ricky Lee Gordon from /A WORD OF ART, follows the 2011 successes of the I ART WOODSTOCK and I ART SOWETO community art projects.
Along with the launch of I ART JOBURG, adidas also officially opened their new multi-purpose creative space, called AREA3. An exhibition about I ART JOBURG (including photos by Martha Cooper) is on display at AREA3 for the months of October and November, where after it’ll move to Cape Town.
Here are the works, all shot by Martha Cooper, and some info on each of the artists.
The first, ROA, is a Belgiam street artist famous for his distinctive graffiti wildlife. In a short space of time he completed this mural consisting of six massive African animals.
Madrid local Remed visited the Origins Museum shortly after his arrival in Johannesburg, where he went on a tour of ancient rock art. This inspired the first of two murals he painted in the Maboneng Precinct.
Hailing from Overbrook in New York, Steve ‘ESPO’ Powers and the Icy Sign Team are sign-writing connoisseurs. They created two murals with powerful local-oriented messages: “STAY UP”, which was suggested by a hardworking gent by the name of Bekhi and the other “MAMA”, for everybody’s Mama, Africa.
South African graffiti artist, Falko, enjoys creating split pieces, which usually requires three or more separate walls to accomplish. For I ART JOBURG, Falko painted one image and, without making it too complicated, turned it into a little puzzle thereby effectively creating three different murals.
Fine artist Cameron Platter hails from Durban and with I ART JOBURG made the transition from exclusive gallery space to inclusive community space – a dapper salute to the South African street scene, and a confirmation that street art is fine art. Platter’s mural has its origins in the newspaper classifieds, and as always, the subject matter is truly South African.