Gi­ant, smil­ing Madiba for Joburg

CityPress - - Trending - The Man­dela mu­ral in Braam­fontein

Nel­son Man­dela is the sub­ject of yet another pub­lic art project in Joburg. It’s a build­ing-sized mu­ral wrap on the south­ern edge of Braam­fontein, an un­miss­able il­lus­tra­tion that puts the for­mer pres­i­dent’s warm smile in the same frame as the iconic bridge that is named after him.

The artist is the renowned Amer­i­can mu­ral­ist and de­signer Shep­ard Fairey.

In con­ver­sa­tion, the artist em­pha­sises that his work is al­ways “peo­ple ori­ented” with a po­lit­i­cal bent. A cult fig­ure in street art, his body of work in­cludes the gamechang­ing Obey con­cept that came to rep­re­sent the Oc­cupy Wall Street re­bel­lion in the US in 2011.

Fairey also shaped the im­age of the Barack Obama 2008 elec­tion cam­paign. The Hope poster be­came the im­age of that time in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.


– Tshepo


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