In July Nando’s launched the Accidental Art (#WDC522) project and announced their plans to install two large-scale site-specific public artworks in Cape Town. Nando’s has been a supporter of local contemporary art since 2001, when they launched their Global Art Initiative. Their impressive art collection now hosts over 7500 original pieces by South African artists, all displayed inside their restaurants and offices across the globe and with Accidental Art Nando’s aimed to take local art outside, where everybody can enjoy it.
To kick off the project an existing piece by artist Xolile Mtakatya was scaled to architectural proportions and then hand-painted onto a wall outside the Nando’s on Long Street by international mural specialists Colossal Media (US). This vibrant, colorful abstract artwork was inspired by life in the city – making it ideal for this project and location.
Artist Liza Grobler was commissioned to design a 20sqm Half Square mural outside the Nando’s on Kloof Street. She conceptualised a piece that resembles the silhouette of Signal Hill, which is hidden behind the building on which the mural was placed. The Yellowwoods Art Ceramics Studio then made 6000 half square tiles in over 100 custom colours, including a limited edition gold lustre tile, to bring Liza’s design to life.
Having completed both these murals in August, Nando’s hosted the #ArtOnFire #WDC522 Instawalk in Cape Town. In the spirit of taking art outdoors, the walk boasted these mural and three additional pop-up pieces, including a cross-stitched fence by Xx_CPT on the corner of Long Street and Wale Street, a hashtag-activated gif exhibition by Thingking outside the #WDC008 pop-up shop and a large optical illusion picture by Max Mogale outside the Baptist Church in Kloof Street.